Trips to the woods with friends were important outposts of privacy, self-discovery, and emotional independence throughout my adolescence. Youth Outbound reflects on one such trip, its events, and - as the shelter of a tent becomes a chrysalis (moves from landscape to portrait)- its psychic resonance.
Nestled within the structure is an LED trouble light and a quiet, tinny speaker playing recordings of my voice. I call back witnesses - Douglas firs, the seaweed, pain receptors, and particles of pollution - as compassionate containers to disperse the weight of the struggles, traumas, and secrets my younger self absorbed while feeling alone.
I remember that the desire for privacy and isolation can be a longing to be better seen.