The poet's eye in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; and, as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name. -William Shakespeare, Oberon from A Midsummer Night's Dream
It is uniquely human to make connections with the land, particularly to create one’s identity. I have drawn inspiration from the abstract ideas regarding place, as well as my own detachment from a geographical space to call “home”. I seek to understand the compulsion to order nature, to identify the psychological significance placed on land and through my working process, fundamentally react against it.
I was born in Montreal, Quebec to a Canadian mother with a British lineage and an Indian father who raised me with the impressions of two very strong familial histories. In the summer of 1995, my family and I uprooted from Montreal and moved to the Arizona--an extremely different landscape and culture. From my adolescence, I have grappled with the conflicting cultural identities and the need for belonging in to geographical space. I use photography to initiate a dialogue that bridged the gap between my struggles with identity and place. Using the land as a metaphor for how one constructs his or her identity, I was able to find my place within the landscape.
In the series, Land: A Tension of Multiplicities, I emphasize a generalized landscape that focuses on the nuances of the space. I enter and interact with these landscapes to make a connection to them through photography. These nuances and performative acts compound to an understanding of the space and amount to a collective feeling of familiarity. In these works, I seek comfort and balance, perhaps to evoke a collective or constructed memory, despite that I ultimately approach these space as an outsider. Not dissimilar to the conflicting tensions of identity and place – knowing yourself and your history – with the turmoil of a severance from the geographical spaces that you identify with.