Ideas about life and death have been a major source for my work since the death of my father. His loss made me question my role in life and the role of a god-creator. I chose to make a garden to set up circumstances for the contemplation of the role of god, the creator, and the cyclical nature of life and death. There is nothing more beautiful and bittersweet than being alive and loving. In my garden, I seek to understand why I was placed in this wondrous life only to suffer the inevitability of death and pain and the loss of those that I care for. I want to understand that if god has a choice, then why did he choose to put his creations through so much. In placing them, does he do so with respect, ambiguity, or detachment and to what purpose?
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