Artwork > Inhaling the Spore

Surgery Quilt #2
Reduction woodcut on Japanese paper
21.5 x 16.25
2019
A Family History of Bad Luck and Near Misses
Woodcut, pulp painting, marbling and intaglio
22" x 25"
2021
Avium
Reduction woodcut on Japanese paper
11" x 14"
2020
Waiting
Woodcut
19" x 24"
2020
Prism
Reduction woodcut on Japanese paper
19" x 24"
2020
Spectrum
Reduction woodcut on Japanese paper
19" x 24"
2020
Inhaling the Spore
woodcut on Japanese Paper
11" x14"
2019
Surgery Quilt #1
Reduction woodcut on Japanese paper
21.5" x 16.5"
2020
The Mass
woodcut on Japanese Paper
8.5" x 11"
2019
The Removal
woodcut on Japanese Paper
8.5" x 11"
2019
Me to You
Screenprint
14" x 10.5"
2019
Chicken of the Woods
Screen print
11" x 14"
2020
August/October
woodcut on Japanese Paper
8" x 10"
2019

The title “Inhaling the Spore” comes from my personal experience with my youngest son, who became sick and developed a tumor on his lymph node after inhaling a spore of rare mycobacteria at the age of two. I made my son a quilt to wear during his surgery and hospital stay. The process of creating the quilt was carried through this work as a metaphor, both for his altered and sewn body, as well as for the fragmented nature of our understanding of the way that we relate to our environment. I also came to see the act of randomly inhaling an invisible trespasser as a way of symbolizing swift and invasive change in our world. I have a new understanding of how we are both inextricably linked to and in opposition to our environment, threatening our own health. On a larger scale, this work will continue to investigate the link between all humans and our environment. Our interconnectivity to one another, our world, and to technology underpins this body of images.