Annabelle Gross is an interdisciplinary artist currently studying at the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Through puppetry, video, and drawing she looks to synthesize her experience in visual and media arts with that of a contemporary circus practice. I personally struggled with this project; I was angry at the state of the world and didn’t feel like rewarding anybody sanctuary through hope. The idea of hope conjured up images of complacency and surrender, like an animal rolling over to show a soft underbelly. I think there’s some truth in how hope can be used to avoid. However, I realized that real hope doesn’t have to be pleasant in order to bring peace of mind. Hope is fuel behind revolutionary action. Hope is vulnerable and uncomfortable and comes from accepting change and uncertainty. The materials I used on my box are water soluble, and the images they create will change. The hope in my box is about a deliberate action of hope to change the future while accepting the uncertainty and loss of comfort and familiarity of structures from the past.