When I left the States, originally for Belize, I left behind my darkroom. In these years, I have nearly forgotten the artist side of myself, and most new friends do not even know it existed in the first place.
It has now been nearly 3 years without, and, little by little, I am determined to rebuild. My new country of Mexico is inspirational in this, or maybe it is far too much time passed, maybe both. In the meantime and during these years, I have resorted to iphone images and my old digital camera to help me get by... tools I was never fond of as a darkroom artist. But I played around and explored what I had, and digital image-making sufficed as a tool. These are a few of those explorations.
Conceptually, the common thread within much of this is water and the tropics. First living on a small island of only a few miles in length, surrounded and engulfed by water, I found an incredible ignition of creative energy. Matching that with a miscarriage and an ex-boyfriend living on the same island who plagued me daily with death threats and abusive behavior... Being far away from home... It was a complex and emotionally charged time, and these images speak to this, as well as the transitional phase of leaving island life and the period of mental and physical abuse behind me, bound for Mexico, again alone, but with strong and healthy hopes in front of me.
I will continue this series; an ongoing journey I suppose will never end. I do not want it to. The title, Inland Sea, was inspired by a single line from David Mitchell's book The Bone Clocks: "I felt like a minnow being tipped from a jar into a deep inland sea." That idea moved me - The negative and positive connotation of the unknown, that feeling of terror, that feeling of freedom.