How is it, a person who speaks English as a second language doesn't recognise the automatic response to the question “how are you?” with "I'm fine" until a photography project starts and investigates how this is in fact the most boring answer to give another person?
I'm not here to show you all the answers/sentences I collected during this investigation. My phone is out of memory because of that folder. Also I worry that could serve more as a dictionary. But I will tell you, the spectrum of answers I got from simply asking this question was interesting, so much that I wanted to challenge the photography medium.
In my intuitive process I was on the lookout for contrast, some opposites and slowly noticed it could be found everywhere around. What makes this universe whole, are all the opposites, I think. Fire vs. water, air vs. earth etc. They also attract each other. On a personal level these opposites attract me in relation to mental health. Finding opposites of being on two sides. How sometimes moods can go down and all of a sudden up.
Anyway, I gave my images the power to reveal and hide parts of them by using the method of basketry weaving. It's a way to represent and recreate a conversation… Where two images have a dialogue, intertwining with each other. I'm forcing them to do so by aggressively pushing them together in a pattern. Or even the same image has an internal dialogue, with not so sharp results. Therefore shining a light on how important it is to be with each other and try to ask each other how we feel, truly, so we can see the big picture clearer.
Weaving, in this case, becomes a metaphor for activities - We weave conversations, stories in order to truly see that even if we showcase opposites, we can still mingle together as one.