Over the long, winding course of a human lifetime, we all experience any number of metamorphoses. As visual artist Liew Mei Toong sees it, these processes, manifesting psychologically as much, if not more, than physically, can be traced by elements of the natural world: water, wood, and stone. Though we may begin pure and free-flowing, and take the shape of our containers, in time, we will put down roots and grow layer upon protective layer around ourselves, until one day we have the resilience to stand on our own.

Using paper and the zentangle method, Mei Toong’s works entwine the simple wonders of the natural world and the immutable, if at times unfathomable, beauty of the human experience.