Since childhood, I have loved to pour over the images and words on record album covers. While listening to the record, I would gaze at the images, read the lyrics and liner notes. The 'Difficult Listening' series joins together my love of music and collage. Working in a 12- inch square format, the size of a vinyl record album, these works serve as reimagined record sleeves. Taking their titles from snippets of song lyrics that I find particularly poetic, meaning emerges when image and word unite, evoking both originality and nostalgia within me. Thematically, most of the images explore ideas such as beauty, loneliness, and our relationship with the natural world. Compositionally, I explore spatial relationships through the playful layering of cut pieces. For the viewer, who may not recognize the words and phrases I have chosen, the discovery is of something entirely new.