Gabriela Yadegari is an American artist studying at Bennington College in Vermont. She primarily works with auditory and visual media. Gabriela and I grew up together as children. As we went our separate ways after school, I could not help but return to this art that she was putting forth. Her work has always been deeply focused on the texture of the world, both inside and outside her mind. It showcases things that are expected, and small, like digging in rich soil or a spread of oranges; but also things that are unexpected and live inside her mind, like the use of organic dyes to make modern art stamps and cat litter to create cracked textures. Her deep focus on these things is inspirational to my own work as a writer; it prompts us to think deeply about the textures and colors of our own lives, our own works. Poetry is a combination of both visual art and the written word, and Gabriela lives at this transition site as well.