I see mom in places she’s never been. There were (and are still) copious moments, from monumental to mundane, where she belongs. I’ve found myself coping with the denial of mom’s death by fabricating memories from college graduation, unpacking boxes in a new apartment, shopping for a future wedding dress, her future grandbaby’s first birthday… to include her. Even though I recognize mom will always be missing from the original moment, it’s hard for me to accept her absence because the edited version brings me comfort and a sense of familiarity.
The images depicted in my space landscapes are inspired by reality - created in the spirit of nature but altered by my imagination. When you see my space landscape work, you may find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that these scenes don’t exist because they seem so familiar. This collection of work represents the first stage of grief, denial.