The Enso, Japanese for circle, is my inspiration for imagery. It is a sacred symbol in Zen Buddhism, embodying infinity and perfection. I am very attracted to this mystical aspect as well as the paradox of imperfection, and reinterpret the circle in both positive and negative space as a shared language connecting body to mind. In a struggle between destruction and creation, my art making involves two distinctly opposing procedures: burning holes in material as an act of elimination and then constructing discrete components into compositions. Within these margins I explore internal mechanisms as well as damage and mending through intimate expressions of how we are touched by circumstances of life.