In 2015, I traveled to Turkey as a drawing student. At the many museums and archeology sites we visited, I “witnessed” the cycles of human history through the art and artifacts of multiple Anatolian civilizations. The experience caused me to consider how art can express human’s endless desire to search for purpose and meaning in life. To explore this in my drawings, I focused on specific notions of beauty prominent in art history: perfection; symmetry and pattern; monumental architecture and the idealized figure. An interest in human’s response to aging and decay led me to choose the region’s broken statues and worn architecture as the building blocks for my compositions. I liked the challenge of meticulously drawing these imperfect figures as perfectly as I could. Circles, layers and repeated forms fill the space around the statues to connote cyclical patterns in history. With these drawings I continue to examine how recurring ideas of beauty reveal what it means to be human.