"The party is over, and friends are leaving, but I watch from the window as those lovely people depart happy and well fed, and I turn on some music and wash the dishes with the nights memories still alive in my smile."
The cut-paper artwork all starts as a sheet of black paper. Carving away at the background using an Xacto knife, the images are revealed in an intricate lacework of lines. Using the black as Valisa's foreground, she fills the negative space by piecing together layers of paper in vibrant colors and textures. As a finishing touch, adding the last details and shading with watercolor. Valisa's work reflects her love of community, nature and all things nostalgic.