“…I remain myself by being faithfull to my promises” –  Gerrit Glas


As a child I imagined I’d become an adventurer, a world traveler. I remember myself as a social and energetic child, always embarking on many things at once. In my twenties I ended up developing social anxiety. By the time of turning thirty I was living with chronic migraines that continue to today. 


In this series I explore how the anxious mind and aching brain have challenged my sense of what and who I have become. The photographs are reactions to pain and memories, fleeting in time but which do not fade without a trace. The traces become incorporated into the many narratives of self. 


Identity comes from a latin word idem, or eadem in its feminine form, which means the same. While it is futile to expect no change through our lives, eadem invites to peel the layers in search for the core, for the sense of self that persists and defines. 

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