I try to make exactly what I want to see and to express an honest fantasy. I give myself the license and responsibility to depict precarious desires that chase beauty, drama, fear, eroticism, and romance. As the emotionality of the narrative heightens to that of melodrama, my investment in the embroidery process echoes the overwrought nature of the fantasy. Embroidery erases the specificity of photographic source material. In this taming process, explicit imagery is filtered through thread, and trades some of its intensity for more nuanced and potentially confusing flavors. The decadence of the images, in their content as well as their construction, is a futile yet desperately desired condition of escape.