Inspired by the poem "Hope is the thing with feathers," by Emily Dickinson my piece "Hope takes flight," was created through papercut illustration and community participation. On survivor day, I was joined by cancer patients, families touched by cancer and cancer caregivers to paint their loved one's names or a bit of inspirational messaging. I took the precious notes back to my studio and sliced them into free-flying colorful birds that float through the piece on fishing line. This was such an incredible experience from start to finish! I am so thankful for all of the people who helped make it happen: Kelly Gmazel, Chris Tyler, Marsha Cosgrove, Sparrow Women's Board of Managers, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Image360 - Plymouth MI and Marybeth Swan. For those interested in viewing this artwork eyeball to eyeball, it is now installed in it's permanent home outside of Conference Room A in Sparrow Hospital's new Herbert-Herman Cancer Center.
Lots of fun projects in the pipeline that I can't quite share. But here is a cool new exhibit sign for the zoo. The GIANT anteater just moved into Potter Parkand I for one would like to give him a great big welcome!
Research for this guy sort of blew my mind! He can weigh up to 90 Lbs and his claws are so long and sharp and fierce, he can rip a jaguar (or person...Gulp!) to shreds.
EEK! Much respect to this toothless bug-sucking warrior. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say "Hey Buddy..."