If I Could Be the Sea

If I Could be the Sea is a manifestation of my desire to (re)turn to water, to become as vast and boundless as the sea.

The initial inspiration for the collection came from a quote by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, who said in her book Women Who Run With the Wolves, “When spirit becomes heavy, it turns to water... Therefore the way of the soul... leads to water.” From this, I imagined pants that were waterlogged, as if someone had stood in the ocean as waves rolled onto the shore around them. I wanted to incorporate the rising and setting of the sun, the push and pull of the tides dictated by the moon, and the cyclical passage of time.