Artist Statement: Through poetry, collage, and printmaking, I attempt to record early childhood experiences. Growing up these moments have stayed with me- whether they be a near death experience, a reflection from an unaware child, or a story passed down through family members. Every time a memory is recalled, it changes; details are forgotten or embellished in its retelling. In a way, the memory becomes a story, passed down and told to the people around us. The work is an attempt to uncover parts of myself and share what I have gone through with others. While processing past experiences in the present, it is clearer to me what they represent- family, loneliness, and the longing to grow up.