CELL PORTRAITS: These drawings are translations of microscopic cross-sections of selected plants and parts of the human anatomy. Each drawing is a poetic pairing of human and plant, to call to attention the interconnectedness that exists and persists between the two life forms. The drawings are both a study and meditation on the internal visual languages of these unique yet related cellular structures. In the resizing, translating, and merging of the imagery, something other is created: a hybrid, a portal, a larger-than-life microscopic portrait, and a site for contemplation. For example: Cell Portrait 4 (I Feel You, You Feel Me) is a cross-section of a blade of grass paired with a cross-section of human skin and it’s sensory receptors (Pacinian corpuscles). This piece explores the non-verbal, physiological exchange that occurs between plant and human when we touch.