We all go through periods of struggle and then periods where things are more at ease. The same thing goes for civil society. As a way to address my individual pain and the collective suffering I was feeling around me, I created, "Pierced." Thorns came to me as a metaphor for pain through my daily walks by a neighbors garden filled with a variety of desert cacti. Amongst the fiercest of thorns is those of the Ocotillo. Through research, I discovered that Ocotillo medicine is used to move stagnation. Thus "Pierced," has a double meaning suggesting both pain- through the piercing of the paper by the thorns, and a suggestion of the termination of that pain, through the removal of the thorns. Nevertheless, the lesions from the piercing remain.