With my work in cut paper I try to evoke the tenuous nature of human existence. Using a small blade, I cut intricate images that are enormous, at times even architectural in scale. The works command attention because of their size, yet when they are combined with the fragile, ephemeral nature of paper as a material, a range of emotions occurs that I find deeply provocative: tension, joy, anxiety, melancholy. This contradiction of power and vulnerability manifests a terrible beauty for me: a size that can overwhelm or intimidate, in a material that emanates susceptibility and fragility.
I draw on memories, dreams, and bits of archaic literature for my imagery. At times, certain stories morph with my personal memories and dreams until it is impossible to see where one begins and the other ends. My intention is to capture an atmosphere of emotion, visually responding to narrative moments that offer a deep sense of human experience.
More recently, I have also begun to blend imagery with text, letting words become distorted as they form images, and letting the images form messages. I find myself enjoying the abstraction of this process, watching the verbal and visual blend into a new form.