There are so many disparate elements in the finished piece, the self-portrait as it is now might be best called “an organic compound.”

I started with my first attempt at a plant mask, which has leaves, spores, seeds, a dried flower and beads, added it to the finished roots piece, added stone bird and ball beads from Mexico using and heavy duty thread, and added sewing around sections of root.


The finishing touches were added during the last day I was at the KC’s Fringe Festival.

The roots were collected from the grounds of the Boulevard Brewery in 2005, as they were breaking ground for the expansion.

Several trees had been fallen in the same small area and revealed a huge cluster of roots. I was taken by the orange ones and took what I could of those, unable to determine which tree they were associated with.

The frame was made by a friend using reclaimed wood.