Technology has provided a platform for self-promotion and branding, driven by a need to be viewed with singular success in our personal lives. Exploring the human experience in a culture defined by social media, this series presents existential stories of fear, insecurity and aspirations.
The individual is part of a collective whole. Seven pod heads on a branch with thoughts and words concealed, swirling through textured and undulating kelp leaves, speak of discovery and learning. The site’s local history, natural environment and community are encompassed in their discussion.
Jellyfish swim in groups to help safeguard themselves from ocean predators and is one of the reason why the species has been able to thrive for 700 million years. By reaching out to neighbors and connecting, individuals or families can form a community that also helps to sustain them. Working together creates beauty and endurance.
Technology, self-imposed barriers and physical distance can enable isolation or intimacy in a modern age. Where we put ourselves on this emotional spectrum determines our ability to connect or disconnect. As we struggle with our own boundaries, we long to be understood, cherished and ultimately loved.
Let It Go
The ephemeral nature of human existence and its relationship with the natural world are portrayed as hundreds of polished leaves take the form of Buddha for a moment in time, before being blown away. Its reflective quality invites self-awareness and contemplation.
Representing the senses, these five shells are sentient reporters. They have been reflecting on the symbiosis between nature, humanity and technology. As we have been putting our ears up to them, they too have been listening and recording the everyday life of human existence and its evolution.
The leaf is an iconic expression of nature and the life cycle. A human female form emerges from within the leaf with an open textured and vulnerable skin. Self-discovery, rebirth and the ability to change are required as necessary and essential components for strength and fortitude.