I create because I feel the need to express an emotion or idea. I make collages using repurposed papers and images from vintage books and magazines. The creative process of destroying or “stealing” a found image to construct something new is what makes collage so exciting and therapeutic for me. I start by finding images that whisper to me and I alter them so that they begin to speak for all to hear. I typically alter images by cutting, tearing and rearranging images. If the altered image isn’t speaking loudly enough on its own I find poetry to add alongside the collage by painstakingly scanning entire books to find and extract single words at a time. It is my hope that the vulnerable and authentic emotion I express through my work will resonate in a powerful way with others.