PROMISE LAND  
2017 - in progress

Oh promised land
What a wicked ground
Build your dream, tear it down.
 
Natalie Merchant

Both series Sleeping Beauty and Promise Land are about secrets we keep and things we hide.

Promise Land speaks to conflicting pressures women face. These studio portraits of women of varying
ages feature smears, stains, and spills that act as metaphors for what we wish to conceal but cannot suppress. Our early
hopes and expectations, the belief that we can do anything, leaves us at odds as we mature and internalize resistance from
society. We learn to be both cautious and defiant — promised a kingdom, we are continually silenced. How do we stand
up when we are perpetually taught to sit down? Suspended between the desire to communicate and the fear of being exposed,
we walk a tightrope between hiding and wanting to be seen. Still and restrained, these images emphasize the collective
unconscious and reference old European paintings, blurring the boundaries between pride and humiliation and
consider how fear of disclosure keeps us from being whole.

Click on the link for accompanying videos to this series
https://vimeo.com/showcase/5471736