FIRST CUT was the artist’s first solo exhibition, presented at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland from July through August 2016. FIRST CUT included a series of works exploring collage as both medium and metaphor. The title refers to the latent potentiality in painting; the earliest stages of process where nothing is static or fixed, and the sense of anticipation surrounding those initial marks or cuts. FIRST CUT also refers to the part of the process in film editing that establishes the structure and flow of a narrative, where the scenes are roughly organized though open to change. The work aimed to draw parallels between animation and abstraction—which both simplify, exaggerate, and select from reality—while further emphasizing painting's unique and defining relationship between surface and space. They include moments of punctuation, sometimes comically loud or abrupt, colliding colors and shapes, and depict a world of continuous convergence, dissipating boundaries, and in celebration of paradox.