Within the Bittersweet is a dark pastoral narrative about raising my children amid concerns about the impacts of climate crisis and environmental contamination. The photographs in the series were taken in and around my home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where dense vegetation and natural beauty intersect with industrial and fossil fuel facilities that dot our region. These industries spread particulates and toxins across the terrain and into our bodies and the atmosphere.
In my artwork, the dark realities of the landscape we live in are interlaced with representations of my deep love for my children and the physical world around us—a living tapestry of incredible complexity that my daughters are only just coming to know. The climate crisis will undoubtedly reshape the world they inherit, and through photographs I negotiate the beauty and heartbreak of raising them on a wonderous planet in the midst of change.