Jessica Fletcher's Senbazuru was inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki who developed leukemia, and the Japanese tale of being granted a wish upon folding 1,000 paper cranes. Sadako folded 1,300 cranes in hopes of getting better, but she passed away at age 12 in October 1955.
"When I saw those cranes [in the photograph], I remembered this story and wanted to make an abstract representation of her," said Fletcher. In the process, she learned how to use abnormal shapes to make human-like features.
Jessica Fletcher is studying business and earning an Associate in Arts degree at Central Piedmont Community College. She's also the Vice President of the Visual Arts Club. Jessica has always been creative and imaginative, and while she usually prefers using paint and pencil in her works, she loves to experiment with all kinds of mediums.