My work is focused on stereotypical childhood experiences, which tends to be overtly playful, filled with laughter and adventure. I am interested in the process of making tents, recreating personal childhood memories, and generalizing the typical childhood experience. However, I pair happier moments with instances that can be viewed as melancholy, moments that reveal the harsh reality of the human condition. After the passing of my closest childhood friend, due to drug addiction, memories from my youth surfaced. Since his death I have been reflecting on our friendship as it developed from the innocent years of childhood to the complex and confused years in adulthood. Vivid memories of playing games, building forts, and exploring the cemetery across from our homes came to mind. As I wrestled with this new reality, I have made work as an attempt to preserve those memories, and through working on this body of work, I have willingly opened doors to the past. My work combines found and made objects that are personally mournful with materials that could universally be recognized as joyful, such as balloons, flowers, glitter, and cake. These pieces deal specifically with my childhood home, neighborhood, and the cemetery.