Mapping Home - like a tree, each ring is a year in my life, and the different colors symbolize different ways in which home has changed for me. I like to imagine everyone has a different map of home. This is an idea I would really like to expand on.
This was the year I had the opportunity to take an open studio course called "Sophomore Studio" where I was able to plan my own project. In 3 ideations, I worked on products and they're traceable impact to a specific environment, and how the buyer purchasing a product is paying to impact, and or, contribute to the decline of a specific species. I think if the radical transparency was there, fewer people would buy products knowing it impacted an animal they really care about.
1. Woodland Caribou and Scott Toilet Paper
2. Coca Cola's expansion into South America, Climate Change issues, and the use of Polar Bear in branding.
3. Tiger Balm, exploitation and violent history of Camphor production for a product meant to alleviate pain.
Bounding Hope is a 55" x 18" paper collage piece that connects the intersectionality of issues around human conflict and the environment, also addressing themes around family relationships and the role of youth.
The Caracal is a big cat with a habitat ranging from the Middle East to North Africa, known for its ability to survive brutal and extreme environments. (Just like the people that live here through the tension, stress, and fear of what each day could bring.) The Caracal in this collage is a kitten, it is bounding out of the desolation that lies behind it. The state of the environment after a war is not often talked about- and in this case, the young Caracal is a survivor, and a sign that the environment is still alive after a human conflict.
In the upper left there are scenes of violence, and to the right and below there are images of women and their actions in the face of conflict. Here the caracal is symbolic of a child- children are the hope of this region, and they are supported by Mothers; Mothers who are raising the hope for the future.
Featured in the GSP Journal here.
This was my first series of collages that talks about human intersections with the environment. In a way, photography constructs a perspective, and also seeks to facilitate connection - these collages push this further, using constructed imagery to "construct" what lives in this documented world - pushing themes of intersection/connection/disconnection and extraction.