For over ten years, I have been creating visual narratives using textile patterns and figures to explore what it might physically and psychologically feel like to be obliterated by pattern. I create dense and complex compositions built from ink stamps, drawings, photographs and gouache paint. The symbolic meaning stems from ideas about camouflage and obliteration; I have been inspired by my travels and by the challenges that confront me as I approach other cultures. From the physical beauty of other lands, to peoples’ dress, to the way in which women are looked at or treated, to general human interaction and peoples’ response to the “other”, I am captivated by unfamiliar places. The patterns and structures of other cultures, in their unfamiliarity, become the tools with which I learn familiarity, both with myself and with other people. These experiences help me reflect upon my own culture and clarify my relationship with it.