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Museum of Lost Minds

Sometimes I feel a little lost...

Maybe that's why I gravitate towards Alice in Wonderland so much. Tumbling into self discovery, losing the person I knew, while simultaneously becoming the person I was always meant to be... feeling entirely lost and unsure of myself in the process. Those themes tend to show up in my art from time to time.

Normally, I would plan a concept, shoot it, then edit. But I didn't really have a plan for this piece. It's actually the result of failure and sort of happened organically. Last month, I was working on a concept and it failed miserably. I just couldn't get it to work. So I tried working on something different and that failed too. After a while, I just started to feel like a failure. I wasn't sure what to do. I felt lost.

At this point, I had developed this character that I really loved and I didn't want to give up on her. But I was stuck. What was her story? What was she searching for? So I started digging through my old travel photos and began piecing them together, like a puzzle. I didn't know where it would take me, but I kept trying and it eventually led me here. 

I think most of us can relate to that feeling. Who hasn't felt lost at some point in their life? But we keep moving forward, and eventually, everything begins to make sense as our story unfolds.


Fun Facts: The background image is from Powell's Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, which I was fortunate enough to visit after my first group exhibition on the West Coast. The foreground image of the alleyway is from Venice, Italy where I had my first International group exhibition. And the title, "Museum of Lost Minds" is the name of the pop up gallery where I've been invited to show my art this summer in London, England. So in a way, this piece embodies my artistic adventures so far.

One more fun fact... I actually met that cute little grey owl a few years ago at the Center for Birds of Prey, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. He was very sweet and surprisingly friendly. 


Transitional video of the editing process.