2019 - present
"What I Saw in the Water" delves into the devastating impact of environmental disasters on the Gulf Coast. Growing up amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, and the ongoing pollution caused by petrochemical companies, I offer a personal perspective on the sorrow and loss that plagues this region.
Through the use of photography and image transfer techniques, I manipulate the surface of the image to convey the smearing, distortion, and loss of the original vision. The series reflects my experiences and fears of losing my homeland while speaking to universal themes of environmental destruction, cultural history, and the importance of remembering. Grief is a necessary component when considering the Gulf Coast, as the suffering of the past and present is deeply ingrained in the culture. Though catastrophic events may come and go, the damage remains, etched into the land and sea, waiting to resurface.