We live on a polluted planet and continue to produce until we die. It’s easier to look at what others are doing to harm the Earth and criticize them for it, but much more difficult to look within, at our own actions with negative implications.
Saying, “the world would be better off without us” is a cop-out to avoid cleaning up the mess we’ve made. It’s too late to imagine a world without humans.
It is, however, still possible to appreciate the beauty of our planet whilst recognizing that we each need to do more for its preservation.
Eavesdropping is an ongoing project based on language and human interactions, in which I use phrases or statements that are overheard and pair them with images to alter both of their meanings. This work is highly centered around dark humor and the evolution of language.
After hearing an odd statement, I become fixated and have it on repeat in my mind throughout the day. On a hike, around 2008, my parents and I overheard someone shout “OMG Becca!” Ever since then, my parents and I have been saying this phrase in place of any other exaggeration.
I think about decorative signs and inspirational posters in homeware stores that say things like, “but first, coffee” and “my garage, my tools, my rules.” These signs are ridiculous but mundane in a way that makes me love and hate them at the same time.
I don’t know why we say the things we do, but I like to imagine a story behind it all, no matter how vulgar, or eccentric the phrase may be. Everything is “live, laugh, love.”
If you love inspirational posters as much as I do, download any of these free cellphone wallpapers from Eavesdropping
I am a photographer working in both digital and analog mediums. The main subject of my practice is on human connections. My work integrates aspects of language, the environment, psychology, and familial relationships, oftentimes through the use of digital collage. I utilize this form of digital manipulation to create new perspectives for others to interpret.
Many of my projects involve text, such as overheard phrases, and screenshots of text message exchanges. With both subjects, I regularly pair the text with images of nature and family photos to talk about my personal relationships to others as well as our shared connections to the planet.
The altering of images and text engages the ideas I present behind human interaction, whether it be through shared methods of communication, or spaces we inhabit.