The project seeks to explore the boundaries between presence and absence of mind, and about a human search for meaning in chaos. Why do we do the things we do, and to what extent can we justify the meaning we appropriate our choices?
The project shows people laying on the ground in different environments and views of cloudy skies. The images are paired together as diptychs to create a dialogue between the two. We see the clouds from the peoples perspective and the people from the clouds perspective. The viewer is placed between these two views. Inspired by a 6 month stay in Perth (AU) between studies.
Cloudspotting is a series of cloud pictures that is complementary to and further explore the theme in Before we begin. The function of these images is to document a series of singular moments in chaos where shapes occur in more or less recognizable forms. This invite participation from the audience to make up their own mind whether or not the shapes resemble anything.
"The clouds are nature's poetry, and the most egalitarian of her displays, since everyone has an equally fantastic view of them. Clouds are for dreamers, and their contemplation benefits the soul. Yet their beauty is so everyday as to be in danger of being overlooked ..." (The Cloudspotters Guide, by Gavin Pretor-Pinney).
"Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse". (Wikipedia).