In 2020, the United States seemed to reach a breaking point with the pandemic, long simmering racial tensions, and an insane political season.  I was raised to be uneasy about patriotism, to be skeptical of the motivations of the US government.  In 2020, it began to seem clear that our country and its flawed democracy could end, and the consequences of that would be awful for almost everyone.  This work is about trying to make broken and torn things whole.  I was not interested in making everything uniform in color or texture, but in finding a way for materials to coexist just as I hope all Americans will find a way to share this country while retaining our uniqueness