Full Artist's statement
I am fascinated by the histories of “American” traditions. My light boxes and cut paper art depict customs that have evolved from the mingling of cultures, and with the sway of technology and trade. Papercutting echoes this theme of cultural fluidity, having traveled from China, to the Middle East, to Spain, to Mexico, to the US. I am also drawn to the medium for its balance of simplicity and complexity, and its crisp, graphical quality. Each piece is like a puzzle that requires thoughtful consideration of positive and negative space.
I make light boxes to create the feeling of looking into another world. Mirrors lining the interior create the illusion of limitlessness. The cultures referenced within the tableaux inspire the exterior patterns, and backlighting enlivens the scene.