The Mutability of Paper

Paper can be made from trees, fabric, rice and much more. It is beaten to a pulp, and remade in the service of something else. It’s mutability and ability to transform is what makes it so unique and valuable. We are generally adverse to change. We’re taught to be steadfast and solid and shy away from strong emotions that will move us. I work with paper as a reminder to stay sensitive and empathetic in the face of a culture where strength and brittleness are often confused. Through this series, I am asserting that our strength comes from the ability to be vulnerable, empathetic and intimate. I create fragile objects to remind the viewer that we do not have to “toughen up” to be strong. This is a rebellion against a harsh world, and a call to be soft, open and fragile.