“Aging creeps up on you.” At least it sure took me by surprise. When I get up in the morning, I find myself gazing in the mirror, remembering how I used to look, comparing my body now to what it was and longing for all the things I used to be able to do, that I can’t do now.
This project wrestles with my struggle to be grateful for how dynamic I was when I was young and, simultaneously, embrace the new me. The variety and unpredictability of my now, random aches and pains, often unbalance me. Ripping images representing a younger and older self has helped me to address my feeling of fragmentation. The process of tearing and manipulating these printed images tactically has created a way for me to digest and deal with my disorientation and the reality of my advancing years.
Collaging the contrasting pieces together has created a new map for me to follow. It has encouraged me to recognize that even though aging has compromised some of my physical abilities, I can still appreciate my body as it changes and develop a positive, renewed outlook towards entering my third chapter.