I tend to stay away from posting a lot about myself. I post pictures but I rarely talk or write about it. I think that this is for various reasons: I don't know what I'm doing, I'm afraid, and I'm so used to not asking for help that I fail to share my thoughts. This is not good... a conversation always leads to much more productivity and I think I should engage a bit more and put my thoughts out there more often...
For the past 3 years I've been working on a project titled The Point at Which
. It started as my thesis project. I think I know exactly what this project is about but even 3 years into it I am unable to write a statement that makes sense of it. I'm OK with that. I think it's the kind of project that just needs to naturally develop as I allow myself to follow my instincts.
What makes it harder is its autobiographical nature. I'm at a point in my life where I'm facing a lot of change; I moved to a new country and learned a new language, I discovered myself for the first time, I faced my homosexuality, I finished college, I grew closer to my family, I loved for the first time, I moved to NY and got a real job, I hurt the person I loved the most and let shame devour me, now its time to get back up and that in itself will be a journey. This is what this work is about.
Every time I re-read my artist statement it feels dated. The Point at Which
is an ever-changing autobiographical project that explores my life as it develops and travels through change. Through photographs I seek to understand the point at which life takes a turn, as I struggle with multiple dimensions of identity. In an attempt to make sense of it all, I’ve taken a focus on my family, my relationships and most recently on myself. Issues of cultural identity, sexuality and (in)dependence have been driving forces behind most of these photographs.
I feel I have to step away from such specific statements and focus on the big picture. What is this work really about? Is it really about the minutia or is there a more abstract overarching theme that drives it?