The project is the first time of sorts for me – as a self-published artist and author – and talking about a subject close to my heart, which is the islands I grew up on. I also document the changes I’ve observed on our simple little paradise due to pollution in the waterways.
In the first chapter, I talked about finding one’s voice as an artist. I’m a commercial artist by profession and I am pretty good at telling other people’s story. I’ve produced travel editorials and campaigns for two decades. But I’ve often wondered what my true artistic voice outside the commercial framework sounds like.
This is the premise of After The Rain. It’s a self-retrospection journey to trace the disconnection between my own life and Nature. I have a huge wish to change the wrongs in world, but I realised that I can only start doing it by changing my own old belief system.
I could’ve used a different, stronger voice to tell this story. But I fear it won’t work well this time round. We know facts are not enough to win hearts anymore. So, I’m going back to square one to reclaim my naïve eyes again to describe what I see, which is harder than it sounds.
This project is a meditation on the subject I know best, which is living around water and the islands. There’s no harm in stopping and taking some time for self-reflection, since we are hurtling fast towards mass extinction in this age of Anthropocene.
After The Rain also alludes to the feeling of calm and relief after a storm. You could say it’s about a new beginning after a turbulent passage.