Life Creates Conditions for Other Life to Flourish

Monotype Collage on Handmade Korean Hanji Paper
36.25 x 49 inches

This piece was inspired by my first exposure to the concept Biomimicry, described as the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. While biomimicry was popularized by biologist and innovator, Janine Benyus, I believe that it is heavily shaped by Indigenous theory and worldview. This work is about my own desire to realign my relationship to nature.

This oversize collage was assembled from shapes and figures that were cut from my monotype color sheets. Many of my prints in 2015, including this one, were inspired by Henri Matisse’s cut outs. Upon stumbling into an exhibit of his work in New York, I was deeply moved by his approach to creating color sheets and cutting them into unique compositions.