I relate deeply to the experience of quiet, where nothing must be said, but can be understood through the respectful regard for another. Quietness occurs when the absence of words presents the opportunity to simply look. A communicative moment takes place in the absence of verbal response, yet yields and encourages the act of self-reflection. The relationship between these moments of introspective quietness and looking exist to me as the key elements in the respectful regard between self and other. Through large-scale drawings in powdered graphite on paper, the series Other Self depicts the people in my life with whom I am closest and whom I feel currently represent who I am: a portrait of myself through others.