I find old and sometimes very tattered books to use as my canvas. I then take the written story within and reinterpret it into a three-dimensional piece by cutting, sewing and painting, thus creating a multidimensional collage while still leaving the majority of the book intact. The characters I creates—the inhabitants of the books—are always painted in black and white, which allows them to live in balance within their predominantly black and white (text and page) surroundings. Sometimes they are animals, sometimes they are more human.

Before we had readily available printed books, stories were communicated verbally and passed on from person to person, with each storyteller adding their own twist. This is my way of passing on that tradition — creating an image from the written and then allowing the viewer to create their own story from the images and words that they see.

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