Beauty is often born of difficulty. This series explores that concept—how wisdom comes from the hardship of heartbreak, growth from tests of tenacity. Sometimes, we must break something down, learn to let go of something we've become attached to, in order to create a more interesting, complex, creative whole.

Each collage began as a large. meticulously hand-watercolored and -inked sheet of paper. Once each patterned painting was complete, I sat with it for a spell, then practiced the art of learning to let go, cutting it up into geometric pieces. From the resulting ashes, these collages were born.

Each work comes framed in acrylic with UV-protected front. For inquiries, write art@hrothstein.com.