Play is at the epicenter of Washington artist Scott Simonetti‘s work. He says, “Seeing is something we forget to do as we get older. We lose the ability to acknowledge endless amount of possibilities that can exist in any given circumstances.”

A recent project involves a series of wind drawings, where wind moves charcoal on paper, which then becomes the base for abstraction. In “Chronemic,” Scott ground charcoal and sprinkled onto paper. The wind moved the particles in ways that his hand never could. His young mini-aussie shepherd named Wicket walked on charcoal as the wind blew. Marks left by wind, a natural force, and marks from Wicket, an articulation of his movement, directed the piece. Scott says, The marks are “not only an articulation of nature but also an articulation of my growing ability to communicate with Wicket.”