Secrets Before The Flood is a digital art piece that represents a fascination with the question of: 'what secrets would we reveal to ourselves and each other before a catastrophe strikes?'
Would we take this moment to honestly face our shadow selves?
Or would this reflection of self be too much to accept?
What barriers stand in the way of this conversation?
The threat of a flood is something that is often on my mind, having grown up near the once just seasonally-dangerous waterways in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, with the reality of climate change at our door, this threat bypasses the regular flood seasons and is a constant, more pressing issue.
I feel a deep connection to my environment, and the urgency that the threat of flooding creates inside of myself and within my community. There is a collective desire to heal our planet, and also to hold the ones we love closer during these times. Simultaneously, there is often a discussion with our shadow selves to see if we can find a more healthy union between our fearful, hypocritical selves and the more sustainable, pattern breaking selves we aspire towards. Once we accept these opposing forces within us, we can often accept others who at first seem in opposition as well.
My hope is that we learn to communicate and accept all sides of ourselves before the flood drowns our path forward. The water is still beneath our lips. There is still room for a difficult conversation to be had.