Thing-Finder 1-4, 2011 – Pencil, thread, rag board, and collage and mixed media on paper, 30 x 18 inches each
This series of unique works on paper was created for prominent public spaces within the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

The third commission for Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center was inspired by Astrid Lindgren’s book Pippi Longstocking. The accompanying plaque reads: “I am a Thing-Finder,” Pippi said, and with that sentence, I was transported back to my grandparents’ home, which I never tried exploring in search of finiding “cool” things. With this series, I wanted to inspire viewers to look closely, discover each collage’s theme, and remeber their own thing-finding days.

Photograph by John Dean.