In January 2019, I discovered a beautiful handmade Japanese Kozo paper while browsing for paper in a specialty paper shop. While I continued to make collages directly onto photographs of rock, I gravitated towards the beauty of this paper. The natural tone and strength of the paper influenced the choice and application of collage elements. Sometimes the work was ripped up and the pieces of paper were layered to become part of the raised relief. Within the works are photographs of rock and lichen as well as small fabric pieces of flower imagery — an optimistic bloom in the face of political divisiveness and climate change.