Traveling is an important part of who I am. It’s influenced what I believe about how we’re all connected, and how we all seek creativity. On each trip I took overseas, I would bring home newspapers as souvenirs. A weird habit to some soon became a passionate hobby of mine, and I found meaning between the pages, even if I couldn’t read what the words said. This was paper that was once part of a tree, and paper that had once been part of someone’s daily routine — for those reasons and more, newspaper is a material I regard as personal, cultural, and soulful.
Newspapers were once a method of communication that people welcomed each day. Today, newspapers are a symbol of a bygone era, a nostalgic reminder that the pages we hold in our hands really do bind us together. However, newspapers in the modern age also come with a negative connotation, bleak reminders of conflict in every corner of the world.
That’s why I love using newspaper as a medium for my messages. The juxtaposition of positive sayings and negative information, modern typography and traditional technique inspires me to create artwork that helps people cultivate hope and happiness.
And aren’t hope and happiness what we’re all in pursuit of?