Zofia Noble

Zofia Noble
Willing Field (Free Play)


Do you want to play? To climb and roll and jump and hide? I want to run so hard that I fall down in the grass and feel my pants getting cold and wet against my knees. I want to lay on my back and look up at the clouds until I’m seeing shapes. Play is purposeless and impulsive. Invigorating. Fun. Exploratory. Challenging. It can sneak up on you when you aren’t expecting it. What matters most is that it is not work: passive, forced, bound to exterior goals, or other-initiated.

Willing Field (Free Play) is a proposed playscape integrated into the familiar and permissive slopes of the Bennington College campus. It’s a place to be both apart from it. and a part of it. It is whatever you need it to be. It’s a return to basic forms and feelings. Authenticity. Community. Gratification. The sky. The elements of Willing Field (Free Play) range from mountains to mounds, paths to pits. It is a structured site for unstructured use. The topography is ready and able to participate in your experience. It can easily guide you through, but is also eager to be activated in spontaneous ways.

My practice is linked to this physical interpretation of play in that I feel most gratified when I’m working with my hands and on my feet. Dirt offers a haptic invitation that I just can’t resist. It reoccurs in my art as a material for modeling ideas. It connects me to the earth and grounds me as a body in place rather than a body in space. This sense is tied to the landscapes, foodscapes, and communities that I move within.

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