I was invited to create an installation for the 2012 Cascade Aids Project Art Evening and Auction in Portland, OR, resulting in the spi-ral installation. At the time, I was studying Indian Tantric art, a religious, contemplative practice. The simple images are used to recall and re-enter a state of meditation throughout the day. I chose to work with the spiral, an archetypal, timeless symbol. The center point can be a place of stillness, a new beginning or a final conclusion. The spiral lines that widen or tighten around this point become a path of contraction or expansion, introspection or emptiness, growth or hibernation. Through this work, the spiral became a meditation, a metaphor and a map for my life and a symbol for the marks of our human experience.