dreams i wish i had
A continuation from the series Water Brother - an ongoing body of work dedicated to my brother Stuart who we lost in 2001.
Stuart and I had an obsession for water and grew up part time near a river. After a near-drowning incident together when we were 8 and 10 years old, our infatuation became strangely more tenacious. We vowed to deny fear, moving forward and remember our allegiance to and infatuation for our faithful play space.
That event prompted a string of recurring dreams where I could breathe underwater. My strongest memory is of blowing bubbles and passing them to my brother and friends so we could inhabit the underwater together, longer. I could save people from drowning. At that age and even now, I hear stories of people regularly flying in their dreams. Something that seems unattainable and now represents my longing for my Brother’s friendship in this life once more.
This series explores the fantasy of flight, set in the visual meditative spaces that are a form of my brother’s existence. A semblance of nostalgic desire to share life as epic, natural beautyscapes. Stuart lives as a character in each nuance and
he floats with me as a cloud.
Intended for immensely large scale, an emphasis on highly detailed aesthetics seduces the viewer into the feeling of flight. The triptych of oceanscapes align when hung strategically as do the diptych of skyscapes. Everything connected, always.