This was her first solo exhibition. Most of the work was taken back from the States where she did her postgraduate studies. ‘8 Sticks Make a Forest’ was one of the first pieces that she made at the foundry in Carbondale, Illinois. It reflected a theme which was to become a major focus of her work for the next number of years. How do humans see and relate to nature? We interfere with it, trying to master and control its forces. But in doing so, we lose contact with it. Nature does not speak to us. Humans have become different and set apart. There is little in nature that belongs to them. There is a childlike innocence in this piece. Creating a forest out of sticks. But there is also a desire to heal the damage that humans do, to bandage up the broken pieces.