Artist Statement Submitted 2019Within the Bittersweet
Within the Bittersweet is a non-linear visual narrative made as I raise my children in and around our West Alabama home. This region has magnificent natural beauty and serene communities filled with lush gardens. Like many places, it is also interlaced with sites that emit industrial pollution. These sites are often hidden from public view but have a particularly acute impact on developing children. My work draws on the depths of familial connection found in motherhood, as it also considers the impossible task of sheltering one’s children from environmental threats, including the entwined issues of toxic chemical pollution and climate change. The photographs ruminate on the brief, bittersweet period of parenthood spent with young children—and also the splendor of a life lived on a wonderous planet destined for change.