A sense of belonging is a basic human need, and finding identity through place is an important part of who we are. We interpret our surroundings through experience, creating values based on our ideologies and memories. Becoming familiar with a landscape can lead towards an increased sense of belonging, where open spaces become places of meaning and relevance. Scientific research shows the benefits of physical engagement with our surroundings, which helps to promote our sense of identity and belonging.
My work examines the disconnection we have with our surroundings, and the impact of this isolation, exploring the themes that link our lives with the natural world and prompting us to reengage with it. Working with photography and film, my practice considers the constancy of the land, while simultaneously exploring the concept that landscape is the link between what we were and what we have become.