Exploring a variety of multifaceted societies in Africa and Asia, I expose the courage and perseverance of a vibrant people whose culture for a fleeting moment in time was my own. I worked with mixed mediums to abstract images, and engage my whole body in movement in order to develop a wide range of marks on paper. The flow of uncontrolled patches of paint stitch themselves together to form invented faces. With expression of marks, the emotion of a stroke is flattened on the page. In this moment of released physical marks, the weight of my memories is lifted from my mind.