Folklore narrates mores and lessons to new listeners, which reflect the opinions of the times or the author, but in an unrealistic, yet knowable environment. My art employs similar methods in coercing a viewer. I employ archetypical animal imagery, along with text, to create a sort of lesson or warning to the viewer. The use of flora and fauna coupled with textual support emphasizes my interest in the thematic tension between emotion and reason. The fauna imagery is reliant upon the text and the text is reliant upon the imagery. The text sets the viewer’s mind onto the correct chain of thought. The animalian imagery in m ywork is meticulously depicted, to belabor a feeling of both scientific observation and also obsession with the subject. These images are placed in an abstracted environment using multiple printing plates to build up the composition on the paper, which depicts my interest and play with the balance of ambiguity and disclosure. Emphasis is given literally to the idea that one can only construct the whole or reality from separate pieces, which begs the question, “can one ever know the whole truth when the truth is constructed from individual parts?” I base my pieces on personally specific, psychosocial dilemmas, but I depict them in such a way that I am both reaching out and withholding from the viewer at the same time. Each piece is an exercise in balancing ambiguity with disclosure.