In its current form, the natural landscape appears fixed in the state it inhabits. Although it transforms over time, we always physically experience the land in the present as it exists today. Rock formations are solid, bodies of water adhere to their boundaries and tidal patterns, and the sky always remains above us. Over the course of a human’s lifetime these landscapes may change dramatically or seem to not change at all. But the echoes of a place’s history are not always apparent on its surface. The representations in Unbound Spaces offer visual interpretations of how natural elements can be reimagined through their fluid evolutions in space and time. By layering physical images cut out from magazines with digital images of natural patterns and surfaces, the new compositions become obscured depictions that blur the lines between what is real and what is surreal.
Throughout this series of work, landscapes are fragmented into multiple pieces and intertwined with photographs from various locations, breaking their boundaries of natural order. They are embedded in their original meaning and also re-embedded into an unfixed perception of the natural world. The images in Unbound Spaces also question the linear timeline of changing environments and what constrains them in their present states. Which elements of our physical surroundings are natural and which are fabricated? How are we bound to spaces as individuals and how do we bind them to ourselves? Rather than answering these questions, the collaged forms remain open-ended for the viewer to project their own perceived interpretations and conclusions.
As a result of COVID, the inability to explore new places has also shaped my desire to imagine new environments and find a sense of control over my surroundings. The reimagined landforms become malleable, ambiguous, and unbound to the physical laws of this world. Unbound Spaces is also an ongoing body of work, where new landforms may be incorporated and the existing ones may be readapted from their current representations.