“The Lost and Stranded” 8’X10’ Mixed media on paper. The Lost and Stranded is a metaphorical representation of our childhood dreams, desires, and naïveté embodied as kites becoming stranded and lost among a tangle. Each kite represents a childhood dream which have been let go at some point. The overall visual result is a massive amalgamation, organically taking its own form in the same way in which the very tree branches it is caught in has grown. What comes through is the sense of a loss of innocence, the state of in between things, in which an idea has began but never ended, in which a dream has sprung but never achieved - beautiful yet tragic. This towering piece depicts a conglomeration of colorful kites coming out of a black hole-like 3-dimensional opening in the center, and swirling around to nest itself snugly onto a giant oak tree. Each kite was constructed and painted separately--using india ink, acrylic, and stamps--then collaged, twisted, and weaved together among the tree branches. A result is a colorful explosion of a beautiful disaster. Go to the blog section in my website to learn about my process through this!