My practice explores the unspoken emotions of feeling out of place. As a migrant, I question my belonging to any one country. I always knew that Ireland was not my home, and I’ll never be Irish no matter how hard I try to blend in. I thought that going back to my birth country would make me feel at home again, but that didn’t happen. It felt as awkward being there as it did to live here in Ireland.
My practice explores through visual means, how it feels to live in between two countries and not to belong to either. It questions what it means to be part of a country and its community when you can’t decide where your real home is, or ever was.
My work draws an analogy between how the human body responds to the wild, unpredictable environment of a forest, and my emotional response to constantly feeling like I’m in the wrong place, that I’m an outsider.