This past winter I spent six weeks as an artist-in-residence at a university in Taiwan. The experience was absolutely wonderful. Each day introduced me to some aspect of life in a culture that was for me completely and totally foreign. It still is quite foreign but my appreciation for the culture, the place and the people has greatly deepened. The time away was very productive both personally and creatively. It offered me an opportunity to stretch beyond the boundaries of my familiar world. The time spent everyday in the studio gave me more focus and perspective on what I am making and why. I am so glad I went to this amazing place. And though I cannot fully communicate my experiences - waking up to a 6.4 earthquake, eating duck tongue and goose blood rice or living in a place where I do not understand the language - I can definitely say that I hope to get back there some day!