“Drawings are always a compelling read – they arouse an urge to read the lines and between the lines- that is, to decipher them as autobiography.” With these words from Judith Brodie, curator of prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, I invite you to see the ostensible subject of my drawings, bulbs and plants,P as a stepping-off point for a further range of personal experiences, emotions, and memories.

Up-Rooted addresses my state of mind as a suddenly transplanted native New Yorker. The subsequent drawings of bulbs reaching, striving to plant their roots so that they can grow–eventually flower–can be seen as a metaphor for my efforts to put down new roots in a different soil.

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