Geographical Cure

The geographical pilgrimage is the symbolic acting out of an inner journey. One can have one without the other. It is best to have both.  Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk

A geographical cure is the idea that we can leave problems behind by changing location. Be it a new town, job, or even a new partner, doing a “geographic” is a powerful force for temporary, distracted relief, yet solves nothing. As soon as normal life resumes, the problems return.

When we moved from Germany to England, I reflected on the consciousness of this choice, observing the spectrum of feelings that an international relocation stirs. Deciding not to return to the United States was the biggest struggle of all. It's one thing to tell loved ones that you're moving overseas for a few years – quite another to choose to stay indefinitely.

Geographical Cure is a reflection of my internal journey. The colors and forms started out somber and somewhat contained. As my feelings about the move evolved, so have the paintings, incorporating brighter colors, playful forms, secret text and multiple horizons.

This work is the continuation of a trajectory. The landscapes I've navigated these past few years – geographic and internal – continue to challenge my assumptions about where I should live and who I can be.