My inspiration for this project comes from the fondness I feel towards a subject after drawing it. Recreating a being through visual art is a method for meditating on, caring for, or bonding with that being. I was interested in making portraits of my family because I have lived long-distance from them for the past several years, which has directed me toward exploring themes of home and family. The portraits are slightly abstracted with cut color and brushed line to make them more ambiguous in the service of reverence and privacy. Working with collage is freeing and allows me to take risks that drawing and painting does not afford. I am also drawn to the process because of its value as a reuse practice that gives new life to countless scraps of paper.