“In the tarpit sea
Memories wear thick coats
The kind that pull you down
But in refusin’ to drown
You’re choked into the shape
Of a sailor.” - My Uncle’s Navy by Neko Case*
• This collection is the physical representation of my emotional metamorphosis over the last year. Upon embarking on a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement I have faced drastic change, displacement, and prolonged transition. I have mourned the loss of a home, and of a community, as well as faced abuse and betrayal within said community, all while continuing to navigate the deconstruction of my faith and grieve the loss of significant relationships. As a result I have battled deep depression and ambiguous physical health issues.
But through all of this I have continued to unapologetically embrace and expand upon my beliefs concerning social justice, feminism, and intersectionality. And I have been learning to find and use my voice in spaces where I am expected and encouraged to be silent.
This collection was created amidst all of this. Upon reflection of situations where I have felt silenced and ignored, I intuitively gave my hands the power to say with fiber what my mouth and heart could not say with words.
*I listened to Neko Case much of the time that I worked on this collection over the last several months. Some of the pieces in this collection have titles that are lyrics from songs off of her latest album, Hell-On. Those titles are in quotations and speak to the inspiration behind their accompanying pieces.