About the Artwork
Shot on 35mm film, I made these pictures at a time when I was ruminating about the concept of rest as resistance, what that meant and what that actually looked like. There is no place that excites my dear amala (Tibetan for mother) more than her garden. In The Space Between Us, her hand is the focal point. Upon creating this image, she argued that there were many beautiful things growing in her garden. Why my hand? The Space Between Us is a reflection of our relationship, where I often find myself longing to know the woman before me. It is also an attempt to reconcile with what constitutes labour. What forms of invisible labour exist behind beautiful things? My amala's paradise is her garden. I wonder, will I know her through this garden? I Once Knew a Boy is a portrait of how I imagine my partner, Ej, as a young boy--a time before we met. His family and friends often tell me how much Ej has changed over the years. I've found it difficult to grasp how he could have been any other way than the way he is now. A kind, patient, and playful boy he will forever be but I also wanted to show the bold and brave man that he has come to be.