The motivation for this process journal is to explore my lifelong association with the ocean. This journal focuses on the various stages of my life, using the underlying theme of underwater in the figurative sense; Being submerged not only in the ocean but also within my surroundings and situations. The feeling of being "submerged", or underwater, is by choice or by force in both a physical sense or within various states of mind. There are times I willingly submerge myself as a test of fear or physical aptitude or as an adventure into the unknown of uncharted waters. At other times external forces submerge me beyond my control.
In my early years, I was subconsciously submerged in traditions and values without really understanding the impact upon my life and my thinking – the inherited expectation of others. In those stages I was submerged involuntarily. Gradually, I surfaced to challenge those expectations and, at times, rebel against the status quo. With experience, being comfortable underwater (in the literal sense) in difficult or unfamiliar circumstances has assisted me in dealing with circumstances of when I become submerged within a figurative framework. This sketchbook is about my history and my journey through mark making, experimenting, and the process that gives me the energy and drive to create. It is a collection of moments within the continuum of that mortal coil.
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