In 2016, I relocated from Seattle to Chicago. In the early months of navigating the new surroundings, I felt a sense of loss and loneliness at moving away from a place I’d come to call home. I found solace in creating the surreal and abstract spaces in the Widmanstätten prints and Lamellae panels. These fictitious and illusory spaces were highly inspired by the modern architecture and busy pathways in Chicago.
I created compositions of interweaving lanes that are accented with an arrangement of lines. I endeavor to push how the viewer sees this illusion of dimension. Their eyes would navigate the intertwined lanes, following the arrangement of lines into the depth of the print, but also find the flat areas of color to contrast that dimensionality as their eyes are drawn back to the surface.
My prints are as much about creating an illusion of space as it is about embracing the meticulous and detailed finesse of carving. The lines in my prints are always hand- carved using a scribe. Though not immediately apparent at first glance, I want a viewer to see upon closer examination the flaws and imperfections created when my hands slipped slightly while carving. These flaws bring life into the abstract and minimal formations, but also alludes to glints of reflected or refracted light in the imagery.