Artist Statement [BACK]

As a calligrapher and book artist, my goal is to explore the nuance of words through style, color, shape, and size, and to look for layers of meaning that create rapport with the viewer. My academic training and professional career as a writer reinforces my focus on text, but my love of book arts challenges me to reveal meaning through form and design. This dichotomy creates a process that involves lettering as drawing and using words as image and environment. For inspiration, I’m drawn to “small” nature—the seed, the shell, the feather, the nest—as opposed to landscape. Concepts that capture my imagination include the difficulty of communication, the power of secrets, parallels between natural and artificial, and the losses that come from progress.