4x5 film photograph, 2020

My mother and I hold each other as we are both dressed in her work uniform, myself in a blonde wig to complete the resemblance. Taken beachside, the person behind us claims the focus of the photo – placing us both in a dreamy, non-space. This performance was an attempt to 'download' her existence so I can always carry a piece of home. Moving away for college is a venture that often assumes distance from home is required for personal growth. I challenge this notion as it feeds harmful, elitist mindsets that disregard the need for belonging.