“My work has always been Inspired by nature, from large painted explorations of forest and trees to smaller linoleum cut prints of the creatures that inhabit them.
This year, as I was taking a break from painting to work on a series of linoleum cut prints of pollinators and other creatures, I became really fascinated by the Brood X cicadas, so I decided to make a series of small prints of these amazing little bugs. The idea that they have a periodical 17-year larval state and then emerge all together to live for only a few weeks enthralled me.
I wanted to find a way to be able to convey the ephemeral quality of the insects, and I decided to use my old teabags as a printing surface. I have been saving these teabags for a couple of years waiting until I found a way to incorporate them into my work. I’ve long admired the diaphanous teabag. I love the way they seem fragile yet are surprisingly sturdy. After they are steeped and dried, I unfold and empty them, then I iron them flat. The pieces of paper resemble parchments; like little stories of a collection of moments.”