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.
A man of humble beginnings, my father inspired me with his strength, resilience, and humility. Despite many challenges and hardships, he was always optimistic and hopeful for the future. My father was selfless, supportive, and devoted. He encouraged my sister and me to pursue our dreams, and he truly embodied what it meant to live life deliberately and courageously.
I learned so much about my father and myself during his final years, and have come to realize just how much I am like him, that I am truly my father’s daughter. Now that he has passed, I fully grasp the depth and fierceness of my love for him and his love for us. I draw on forms, shapes, and colors from nature and memory and combine them with text and poetry to construct layered works on paper that give physical form to abstract concepts and feelings. My pieces elicit the happiness, love, generosity, optimism, and strength that he brought into my life and the lives of everyone he touched.
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.