The Fragility of Being; 2018

Anyone who has every spent a great deal of time at the ocean or staring up at the clouds knows how transient life on this planet can be. The tides roll in only to recede back into the horizon. Clouds are swept away with the storms, only to form anew when the sun rises again. Meaning slips through our fingers like water.

“Everything solid melts into air.”

Through the combination of landscapes and portraits of the female form, I have been exploring concepts of time, transformation, and vulnerability. Cliffs are continually eroded from the onset of crashing waves. A woman who appears soft yet guarded, unaware, yet constantly present. Windswept trees and algae falling gently over a shoulder. These are symbols of both perseverance and femininity. Still, there is a tension between form and being, between body and earth, between the solid and ephemeral. There is the sense of connection between disparate images, and although precarious and uncertain, the string that ties them together lies somewhere between knowledge and feeling.

With this work, my hope is to bring awareness to the natural world and our relationship to it. My goal is to break down the barriers put in place separating us from it, and to emphasize the fragility of that relationship. Our oceans and planet are in danger. We presume nature to be strong, stable, durable, yet the reality is that the environment relies on a certain balance in order to sustain itself. And that balance has been tipped due to the carelessness of human actions. In order to right our wrongs, a shift of mindset is needed in order to realize that we are not exempt from the laws of life.

By juxtaposing the coastal environment with the female form, I am emphasizing the idea of “Mother Nature”. Nature is personified in female form. A woman is strong, fierce, nurturing, vengeful, and refuses to be tamed. The ocean is the same. And yet despite this, both the ocean and women are subject to the will of man. It seems that the way we treat our oceans mirrors the way we treat our women, and the continuation of this is neither sustainable nor morally correct.