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paper paper came about two years after the 2016 presidential election; the works are made entirely from my archive of New York Times newspapers collected in 2016-2017. Sorting, shredding and pulpifying the paper matter, I allow fragments of text to diffuse poetically, rather than linearly. I compress the many pages from a single day’s newspaper into flat wall works, many of which also resemble frames. Leaving the centers empty, I pose the question, “What is at the core of all this?” and admit my own inability to know. I compress multiple days’ pages into individual paper tiles, which I then quilt together into modular strands and assemble into curtains that mediate how one moves and what one sees in a room. Woven into accordion-like structures, the strands may be rearranged, folded up or expanded according to their environment.