The best ideas are borne out of necessity. I was a young art student itching to create and experiment, but with limited means to produce work. One day I saw a pile of paper in my studio. I grabbed a mat and cutter, and got to work. Paper led me to discover the unfamiliar. It pushed me to grow as an artist. My work is the complexity of imagined organisms. It is the outright effects of living in a big city. Paper cutting for me is a form of meditation. A break from all the chaos. But confronting my truth and finding the intention behind my creation— that’s the hard part. Giving structure to the tangled ideas in my head is challenging. That’s what keeps me going. Paper is a humble medium, but with so many possibilities left for me to explore. Art allows you to tell the same stories, but you can do more by going after every possibility. I do it for this reason— to rewrite the rules for the brave creators.