Honor Thy Mother

 

At times, I’m enveloped by feelings of sadness and resignation from pondering the projected consequences of climate change on all of Earth’s life forms. To counter this, I find myself seeking greater amounts of time outdoors kayaking, hiking, and photographing. Inexplicably, while absorbed in the natural world, I’ve come to the perverse realization that I take solace in being reminded that our physical planet itself existed long before we humans and will continue to survive in some form long past our time here.

The vast barrenness of Chile’s Atacama high desert kindled my fascination with capturing parts of the world where geological features are monumental and endlessly diverse. In such places, the effect of natural forces on the Earth’s surface over the extended passing of geological time is beautifully rendered in the ensuing dramatic textures and marks. In turn, I began exploring the same forces of gravity, wind, and physical upheaval that leave similar traces on the female form over the course of human time. This ongoing project, Honor Thy Mother, considers the divergent responses to these comparable effects and explores our understanding of the experience of time.