The process of painting the origami is revealing. Though at a distance a piece of origami might appear bold, with its beautiful geometry and strong lines, in reality each fold and wrinkle, the micro-tears in the paper, and the inherent imperfection of manual folds tell stories about our vulnerability and ultimate impermanence. Knowing this about ourselves weights us to the ground. Painting these birds, suspended in the sky in a moment of flight, transforms them and allows for an experience of freedom. Even if only on the canvas, each bird transcends its limitations and becomes a metaphor for what might be possible for us.