Purdey has become acquainted with the art of balancing stones while exploring the Himalayas. While battling heat, food shortage and dehydration, Purdey had found comfort in the stones left by other travellers, some barren, some containing prayers, some stacked. At night, in times of weariness when all the words had been spoken, balancing stones gave her strengths to continue. Upon her return, Purdey did not dare to give up what had become a frame of mind.
The structures are intensely personal to her, as in every stone there lies a longing for a spiritual pathway. In balancing the evanescence of the structure with the permanence of the stone that can withstand years, or even centuries, of winds and torrents, while remaining resolute, Purdey finds the necessary perspective and internal harmony essential for her artistic process.
Building process for these delicately balanced arrangements requires concentration, patience and a deep stillness of the mind. An artistic sacrifice to impermanence, the shapes are not expected to last. In nature a gust of wind can return the stones to their original place. By documenting these fleeting moments from inside her studio, Purdey lets the viewer deeply into the inmost private corner of her mind allowing us to catch a glimpse of her imagination, her poetry and her tremendous courage.