Placelessness of Echoes (and kinship of shadows)
Placelessness of Echoes (and kinship of shadows) is an ongoing visual journey into the metaphysical depth of darkness. In the series, I navigate the transformative space of the nocturnal landscape to address questions of place, power, and self-formation. Located in the spatial, temporal, and visual ambiguity of night, the images unfold an abstract account of a nocturnal shape shifter who becomes part of the landscape around her. I draw inspiration from the densely metaphorical writings of the late Guyanese author, Wilson Harris, whose first novel, Palace of the Peacock, informed my approach to the images and imagining of new spaces. I mine his philosophies on the “possessed, living landscapes” to contextualize the metaphysics of becoming and variable existences. I engage in this mythopoetic process to establish a framework through which geographic complexities are transformed into a place of power and belonging, while darkness is no longer inert but an active space of perception. I am seeking to construct a new topographic understanding of the landscape, which blurs the specificity between the body and the terrain.