Eight Thousanders (2020)

This series of work explores the overwhelming task of living and parenting during the pandemic.  In thinking about the current climate, especially related to motherhood, I've been inspired by fourteen mountains with the highest elevations in the world, otherwise known as the Eight Thousanders.  The Eight Thousanders are located in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges in Asia, and their summits are in the death zone, with sitting elevations of 8,000 meters above sea level.  The mountains reach heights requiring supplemental oxygen for human exploration, and the death zone is the point where the pressure of oxygen is insufficient to sustain human life for an extended time span. Being the parent of two young children is challenging even in the best of times, but with covid-19, the difficulty of this role is exacerbated.  What is so unique in this time is that it is trying on everyone, just in different ways.  There are times in parenting young children when you feel like you need to come up for air or can’t breathe.   Using found photographs depicting these fourteen mountains, I collage over the mountain images using colored lighting gels, producing works that amplify environmental impossibility, a metaphor of the physical and psychological weight of life under quarantine.

Mount Everest

Shishapangma


Manaslu


Gasherbrum ii


Cho Oyu


Broad Peak


Dhaulagiri


Gasherbrum


Annapurna


Makalu


Nanga Parbat


Lhotse


K2


Kangchenjunga