In this body of work, I encourage the viewer to consider the unlikely power and potential of compositions comprised of shredded, torn and cut paper. The paper in my collages is sourced from the world around us and re-purposed from junk mail, gift wrap,candy wrappers and scratch paper. I ask the viewer to re-imagine these compositions of shreds of paper as metaphors for music. In my collages, pattern, as a principle of art, corresponds to music as each repeated element is a visual metaphor for rhythms and beats. The energy and movement of the pieces that define the pictorial plane reflect the ephemeral and temporal qualities of music. Through these common materials, my collages explore how patterns might surround us everyday and ask the question, "What if our surroundings, filled with rhythms and repetition, could suggest that our lives are filled with music?"