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 tired of exploring in search of finding “cool” things. With this series, I wanted to inspire viewers to look closely, discover each collage’s theme, and remember their own thing-finding days.

Photograph by John Dean.