There wasn't enough room in the sketchbook.
My main introduction to art was through art as therapy. I filled two large sketchbooks while recovering during a difficult time in my life. I kept drawing and painting and changing the ways in which I was drawing and painting.
I liked the world I was able to create in my third sketchbook. Looking at that sketchbook felt like looking at a small insignificant story about a really really important world, and I felt like a left-out giant peering down at it. The amount of respect I had for the story didn't seem adequately represented by the small book I had used to capture it. I decided to make the sketchbook world real, larger than me, and something I could live inside of.
I've been doing that ever since.
Rina Miriam Drescher
Artist Statement, November 2016
Rochester, NY USA