Gather (work in progress)
It started during the summer of 2019 when I was house sitting two different homes due to the 'homelessness' of a difficult break-up. The very moment I entered the first 'empty' home, I was faced with the feeling of being completely lost. I began to watch and photograph the komorebi that was falling onto my legs while I laid still on the bedroom floor in tears. This moment was the first time that, after sitting with light, I was able to find peace and healing. Days later, I found myself standing in the driveway of the second home after a heavy night rain where I came across a fallen magnolia pod. Out of excitement and fascination I picked it up to photograph and sent the image to my mother.
Fast forward two months, I’m standing alone in my new apartment in Madison, WI opening a package from my mother. It was a box filled with magnolia pods. This was the same day my mother made a life changing decision that I believed would change our relationship. I wrote: “here’s to new beginnings, and to the beginning of a collaboration with my mother. July 19th, 2019 will be remembered and celebrated.”
A box with more magnolia pods and leaves came soon after, which was followed by a box of pecans with the fruit still attached. She also sent me a heavy box of rocks that she collected one by one with her friend Ann from Sweden, on the beach of North Carolina. Those rocks became the material and focus of the performance, “Rocks from my Mother”.
Gather began as an attempt to explore what it meant to transform physical collections made by my mother and myself into imprints in an attempt to break down the phsycal and emotional distance present in our relationship.
Gather explores the barriers that formulate moments of closeness and distance within the human experience through the study of the natural landscape - drawing parallels and creating metaphors between the physical body and nature. I map the connections between all things in an effort to establish oneness; understand identity, belonging, and our placement within the world.
Two seeds of the same plant - one larger than the other - are my mother and I.
An image of my skin (body) is the same as an image of my mother's skin - and relating that to nature, an image of a body of water is a self portrait.
light, meditation, collected ephemora, hand sewn rice paper - daily journal cubes (hexahedrons), body, gelatin silver contact prints, digital inkjet prints, blown glass, hand drawn grids...