Route illustrates a journey of personal recovery. I have been exploring a personal examination of bodily and mental fragility which stemmed from a surgical experience in 2019.
I wanted to demonstrate a motivation to be out more in nature while inside during lockdown (2020-2021), and to reflect the connection between myself, my body, and the adaptations found there. Conceptually, I decided to explore how external factors affect appearance and draw comparisons with my own body post-surgery; observing the idea that humans and nature both go through challenges.
Route has resulted in a sequence of photographic diptychs and sculpture. I wanted to show domesticity (which was my landscape during lockdown) by creating indoor self-portraiture influenced by a natural adaptation outside. I have been drawing on lessons from resilience in nature, as a way of representing my own emotions and desire to adapt after life's challenges.
Both of my artistic processes are related to the impact surgery had on me; I use economical photographic methods (developing photographic negatives with coffee/soda washing/vitamin C or plants) that are considered a lower risk to health, which I then display onto glass to convey fragility.