For the past two years, I have completed residencies in Thailand, Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, Canada, Austria, and Norway as part of a long-term project exploring the notion of self/other as experienced as a diaspora. Diaspora derives from the word “scattered seeds” by the Ancient Greeks. An interest of mine is the visual representation of the notion of place as transmuted through a paradoxical and subjective understanding/misunderstanding. Reflecting the inward emotive state of the individual, the work captures a moment of looking, and makes reference to the daily anxieties and instability of life—both in one’s national identity and everyday choices. A density of mental as well as physical space and a sense of individual assimilation and alienation are compressed in these contained worlds. These works engage in a cultural navigation, an exploration of material and content, which resists any one simplified interpretation. The three images featured here were created during a time of increasing tightening of borders between nations as well as heightened awareness of the relationship of the products we consume with the pollution of the environment.