I’m greatly influenced by the writing of Octavia Butler in her lush and disturbing descriptions of a renewing earth in her series Lilith’s Brood. In her book Adulthood Rites, humanity returns to the war torn earth they left behind to find the very fabric of the land and its nourishment to be evolved and altered. In this scenario, humanity must decide whether to whither on our own, or to crossbreed with a new species who promises us new appendages, new abilities and new foods. I seek to tap into the emotion we might feel being at the conscious brink of evolution: a feeling that is alluring as well as repulsive.
In the past year, I have been exploring the mysteries of life that could exist in such a world. I am searching for ways to represent an uneasy landscape that is slowly healing itself. I am not interested in portraying devastated and exhausted worlds, nor I am I interested in dwelling on my own exhaustion and devastation. My work represents regrowth in myself and my world.
-Jamie Treacy 2010