2019 - present
What I Saw in the Water highlights the deterioration of the Gulf Coast, reflecting the detriment born from the environmental catastrophes that linger across the landscape. The aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina and Ida, the ecological disaster caused by the BP Oil Spill, and the slow environmental poisoning caused by petrochemical companies are but a few examples of the sorrow plaguing the Gulf Coast. Growing up in the face of these issues, I offer viewers a chance to immerse themselves in a story of environmental and cultural devastation and the overwhelming sense of grief, loss, and repetition affiliated.
Using photography in conjunction with image transfer, I manipulate the surface area like wet paint, resulting in the smearing of the image, distortion, or complete removal of the original vision. While the motivation for the series is rooted in my experiences and fears of losing my homeland, universal themes resonate throughout: environmental destruction, ruminations on the landscape and its effects on identity, cultural history, and the importance of remembering. Grief is necessary to remember when thinking of the Gulf Coast, and the suffering both past and present is etched into the culture. While catastrophic events come and go, the damage remains on the seafloor, waiting to resurface.