Artist Statement Submitted 2018My work explores the physical and psychological boundaries of human connection utilizing language as image. My research has been the visual structure of text as line, image, texture and its interplay of poetic textual meaning. I inscribe words and phrases by hand into the surface via bi-directional needle puncture. Each letter is formed by a profusion of tiny perforations or cut outs with some serving as fissures in the surface while others erupt from below. Obscured, variably shaped and sized letters create a maze-like and irregularly textured image along the folded three-dimensional formation. The visual, graphic and poetic expressions dissipating information allude to the concepts of presence and impermanence, between the physical and psychological.