Shelley Hoist sees beauty in the discarded. A fallen palm leaf base holds unique color markings and textures, and she is willing to ask it what it wants to be. Often her pieces hold messages that seem to come through the creation process. She harvests the raw materials, and soaks them in water long enough to allow malleability. Then the artist and the material begin a type of dance. After sculpting them into their new shape, she hand stitches them and the dance continues as they begin to dry and contract, changing shape again. Shelley often paints on the dried sculptures with paper, using hand made stamps and hand scripted messages. The pieces are completed with a durable, archival finish.