My current work explores the chaos of waste and recyclable materials as it aims to place the viewer and artist self in an increasingly mindful state. My palette consists mostly of discarded plastic bags that have been collected, washed, dried, and fused together to create a thick fabric that can be sewn. As I build fragmented characters consisting of colorful, layered bags from stores with recognizable logos, I am sewing expressions as commentary on our contemporary society, as the colorful plastic becomes warped, tattered and filled with holes. Some of the plastic portraits and studies have natural elements such as leaves, trapped between the layers of plastic. Many of the characters playfully represent the dichotomies of 21st century female identity in particular, as well as the yearning of connection with Mother Nature for a city-dweller drowning in the consumer culture.