Composed of manipulated paper, my recent works explore this delicate medium and its connection to the third dimension. My hand-cut paper installations are both a marker of the division between our familiar spaces and forgotten, sacred ones,- a sheer curtain to be gingerly lifted as we step across the threshold – casting broken light onto the clearing as we draw it back.
Surface texture, the playfulness of shadows and a simple color palette create a multi-layered conversation inside each of my paper creations. Imagining paper as a living creature, I allow paper to twist, bunch and breathe in a way that is most natural to itself-recognizing both the strength and delicacy in the material.
With loose mental plans of each cut out, I welcome the spontaneous patterns that mimic a foreign, undiscovered world. Ephemeral in nature and material- my works allow for play on the subtlety of our everyday rituals and how quickly they evolve by our moment to moment decisions.
Residency Plan: “I intend to turn the Bunnell Street Arts Gallery into a touchable, imaginary forest installation that takes the viewer on a journey of the senses. Using a simple color palette, intertwining patterns, and a playful mindset, this participatory forest asks to be uncovered, explored and interacted with. Hand cut wallpaper and sculpted paper flora (ex. chugach and the tongass fern- native to Alaska forests) interlaced with natural materials- this installation considers the importance of its cycle of materials present- tree to pulp to paper.
Participation is essential in the growth of every forest including this gem. Throughout the creation of the installation, I would teach community workshops on paper sculpture/theory and pop-up book techniques. Each workshops end result being the creation of paper pieces that will be attached/ integrated in with the tactile wall-forest sculpture.”