24″ x 18″
“This piece explores light, shadow, and composition through seven layers of cut paper, and a series of lights in a back chamber. The aquatic scene of ocean life meeting a city originates from a vivid, recurring dream that I wanted to reproduce. I was comfortable with typical drawing as illustration, and was compelled to render my underwater dreamscape with materials suiting the intangibility of its depth and immersion–light and space, with 2D planes. As an illustration major at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the process of building up a final image fleshed by layers of paper, light, and shadow was as thrilling as it was challenging to my present skill sets.”
“I am blown away by the ambition of this piece. From the very intricate composition to the detailed renderings of all the objects within it and of course, your choice of the material itself.
I’m not sure that I would have have expected cut paper to evoke mystery so successfully, but I think because you are using lighting so well, there are these great areas where the light sort of shows through the paper in a translucent way, then creates this sort of warmth and then other areas, where it’s the paper is very opaque and sort of impenetrable and that really conveys the sort of slippery, vivid quality that dreams have.
I would say that you could push that atmosphere even further in regards to your silhouettes which, right now, read so clearly and that’s such a strong element of this piece. that I wish there are areas where that was more ambiguous.
Jellyfish in the foreground have such refined beautiful details, for example, but they also have the potential to be a little more abstract like the buildings in the background. With such a compelling piece, you have a ton of possibilities.”