For insects, the nymph stage is that final stage before reaching adulthood. There is so much change going on beneath the surface, but outwardly, the insect often already has its adult form.
In Greek Mythology, nymphs are divine beings living in nature, often birthed by nature.
These past years I have experienced the growing pains that come with settling down and choosing adulthood. With some of these choices come great loss, but I believe more is gained. As I spend time alone, I find myself creating imaginary friends and having long interactions and conversations. With these friends, I seek comfort, healing, and adventure. I imagine myself as my most beautiful self: fragile, vulnerable, wild, and weird. Spending time painting, dreaming, and meditating in this world is just as important as being present in my concrete everyday world. Often both places become woven together. This body of work is the beginning of that conversation. Living in South Philadelphia, isolated from the ocean and wildlife, I try to channel and connect with it, and I believe within that search, I can build a spiritual connection. And I am not alone. Animal companionship has always been a comfort for me, and so of course, they are the first step to exploring this idea of imaginary friends as an adult. They are divinities helping me through my nymph stage, as I struggle with my role and responsibilities, while doing my best to maintain my childlike insides. Colored pencil and acrylic washes allow for ethereal variation of color, while the naked edges speak to the raw fragility and honesty of this journey.
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300 Years Plankton Wars
...the better to hold you with, my dear...