I am attracted to the fragility and its resilience of hanji (Korean mulberry paper). During my trip to Korea in 2010, I learned the traditional paper coiling technique, called Jiseung, from a master artisan, Kim Hyemija. Upon returning, I spent countless hours coiling thin strips of Korean mulberry paper and began constructing human body parts one string at a time. When the paper is coiled, it becomes strong. I have found myself extremely engaged in this very slow and meticulous coiling process and I am drawn to its meditative and humble experience. The figurative forms that I make with the coils reference what is underneath the skin. The coiled surface reminds me of the veins of leaves or the rings of a tree trunk. Through acceptance and sustenance, we form our sense of belongs.