I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to exhibit my work Homesick in the upcoming exhibition 40 Under 40 at the Schack Art Center in Everett Washington, USA. This exhibition celebrates young women and nonbinary artists. The exhibition opens 13 October – 12 November 2022 with an opening celebration on the 13 October from 5-8pm.
In the series, Homesick I invited ten women and non-binary immigrants to share their stories and memories of homesickness in written form. They also provided a list of liquids that remind them of one of the places they have called home such as coffee, chicken broth, pisco sours, and kefir. I then soaked a roll of 35mm color film in the liquid for one hour for every day since they had returned to that location. This work was created in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic where countries had closed their borders and travel was at a standstill. This was the first time for many of the participants that they had not had the option to travel back home to see their families and loved ones. The experience of homesickness was exacerbated for many resulting in physical and emotional symptoms. For some of the participants, it had been many years since they had returned home. The longer that the participant had been away the longer the film was left to soak in the liquid. The emulsion slowly deteriorating over time. The heat of the liquids warped and distorted the negatives resulting in brightly coloured destroyed rolls of film.
I will be exhibiting a selection of studies from the Homesick series in the 40 Under 40 exhibition.