My fascination with texture and tactility of objects had been developed from the time I was a child. I was exposed to nature in a way that illuminated both the beauty and the grotesque in the world around me. In many ways, I have been trained to observe the natural world with from the inside out as much as I was taught to marvel in the relationships between the microscopic and macroscopic. As a daughter of a scientist, we regularly looked at the world through microscopes, telescopes, and kaleidoscopes. The shifts in experiencing the world through different lenses created a sense of awe and curiosity I am forever eager to experience. It is the excitement of being a child, infused with a visceral sense of wonder and awe.