The Uncanny

This series was made in response to the experience of going from city living to spending time alone in the desert and seeing natural objects like plants, rocks, and stones anew, as if seeing them for the first time.

Sigmund Freud's essay "The Uncanny" describes a strange and anxious feeling sometimes created by familiar objects in unfamilar contexts. Through digital collages, I have distorted my original photographs, a process of cutting out, decontextualising, and layering, to create dream-like and surreal compositions that blur the boundary between the real and the imaginary. Through this I reflect on the experience of something being both familiar and alien at the same time.