behind the series
The exhibition series ‘:altum’ unfolds a narrative of the different seasons and chapters we go through in life; each one shapes and creates the different layers of who we are. Some of them are big ones, some small ones, some are filled with breathtaking memories, some tear us apart and change us forever, some are obstacles we overcome, some are mountains we conquer, some are times where nothing makes sense, but no journey is ever one straight line.
Life is no A to B. They say the shortest path between two points is a straight line. But what if the path gets blocked? When something impedes the path of a river, it redirects. It doesn’t follow a straight line. Past, presence and future are all intertwined and connected.
One of my favourite quotes is by Anaïs Nin: “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
I feel like everything that I went through or experienced in the last few years has progressively been unwrapped in front of my eyes through this series and has let me understand the depth and complexity of past seasons in my life. There is so much beauty and magic to be found in the progress and we should never take the in-betweens, the waiting periods we go through for granted or bypass them. The lows are equally as significant as the highs and most of the time what seems to be an end, is actually just an expansion.
We are not our past, but our past did influence us to be the person we are now and our present is influencing who we are in the future. We are made up of layers and constellations. We go deep and we’re holding an entire universe inside of us. A universe of dreams, visions, thoughts, ideas and potential. A universe of fears, memories, doubts, questions, hopes and passions.
We’re always expanding, always changing and we never stay at one spot. We’re always moving, always in progress.
Each piece of my series represents the complexity, depth and infinite expansion of what makes us human.