Stemming from school memories, her time spent teaching, and her study of historic cabinets of curiosities, Williams investigates the imagery of her backyard and simple glass terrariums. The work reminds viewers to return to the childlike wonderment of both nature and imagination often dissipated with age and the realities of daily life.
The steps are straight from the instructions of the "How to Build a Terrarium" books and manuals themselves. Williams sketches the life-size tanks and then slowly builds the elements inside it. Others are oversized, characteristic of zoo houses, natural history displays, and amusement parks. The viewer can imagine the works on a dusty shelf or windowsill carefully harboring the natural marvels of life. The experience is both an admiration for the fantastical and the natural worlds that simultaneously surround us.