For Christmas (2011), I created a gift for my niece. I wanted to make something she could sit on her desk or hang on the wall. Taking inspiration from Brittney Lee's shadowbox art, I knew I wanted to do something with depth and "painterly". Two things I wanted it to involve was,  something to represent her and  something with her cat. As I was walking around in the craft shop and saw the foam R, it came to me.