Photographing local sculptor Anne Mudge is one of those assignments that makes me love what I do.

When you get an assignment that describes an artist in a trailer at the end of a dirt road in the Elfin Forest, you don’t ask questions — you just go take pictures.

Mudge was great — offering me a cold iced tea as I arrived at her place on one of the first hot days of the year.

As Valerie Scher pointed out in our story about Mudge’s work, she’s very inspired by nature:

Her sculpture reflects her affinity with the natural world and her ability to work imaginatively with such everyday materials as wire, string, and masking tape.

One hanging sculpture looks like an elaborate cluster of roots, dangling in mid-air. Another resembles an intricately woven nest, made by a bird obsessed with metal. Still other works call to mind seeds, spider webs, mysterious sea creatures or tiny organisms.

We walked all around her property, along with her dog Bandit, went inside her studio and to the top of the hill, where her husband tends a nursery. It was a nice break from the bustle of the city. My visit made me want to find out what else is tucked away in the hamlet of Elfin Forest.

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