My latest series was made as a means of coping with impending loss. When my family learned that my father’s time left with us was limited, he was optimistic about his prognosis and wanted life to carry on as normal as possible. I followed his lead; rather than letting an uncertain future paralyze me, I chose to focus on positivity, gratitude, and the highlights of my father’s amazing life. My latest pieces celebrate his life, legacy, and lasting memory. Each layered collage evokes feelings of hope, love, joy, and wonder that defined his wonderful life and our final years together.
I am drawn to paper as it is a very understated and resilient material. It can be fragile and delicate but also strong and sturdy. I work with hand-cut paper to create dimensional collages that explore the threshold between painting and sculpture. I paint, cut, and arrange various shapes and colors as if I am piecing together a puzzle; each shape, line, and color is a hint, trace, and impression of nature and memory.