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Maps inspire me. They are made of paper. They are beautifully detailed. They are so often ephemeral in both meaning and form. They are the everyday metaphors that speak to the fragile and transitory state of our lives and surroundings.

In my work I create installations, collages and drawings that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy. Using a variety of distinct styles I intricately cut, score, wrinkle, layer, fold, paint and pin maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent. These new geographies explore notions of place, perception and experience, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape and inviting viewers to examine their relationships with each other and the world we share.

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