This project is an exploration of my personal experiences during my time in isolation in rural Newfoundland. Given the precarious circumstances of the ongoing pandemic, I was subjected to 14 days of isolation.
This time was spent in my family’s secluded cabin in the woods at the end of a lengthy dirt road. Isolated from almost all civilization and confined to the property, I documented a first-person portrait of my environment.
These photographs depict my ongoing and wavering emotions, in addition to my journey exploring a minute portion of the place I call home throughout quarantine. Due to the pandemic, this was my first time being home in a year; I felt so close to my family being there, yet still so far away.
My life, like many others, has been dramatically affected by COVID. As I roamed my empty cabin and the land surrounding it, the feelings of isolation, transience and loneliness were only amplified. The property is carpeted with fishing gear, ropes, crab pots, fishing line, all of which are sweet traces of home, reminders of my childhood spent by the water.
Due to the pandemic, this was my first time being home in a year; I felt so close to my family being there, yet still so far away. The images within this series echo my emotions, memories, and environment throughout my time in isolation.
Kelsey Myler is a visual artist and programmer born and raised in Newfoundland, currently based in Toronto. Kelsey’s art practice explores the human experience in relation to nature and the female identity. Although her main focus has been photography and collage, she is currently interested in exploring imagery and textile art. Kelsey is the Exhibition Programming Coordinator at Ryerson Artspace at 401 Richmond, where she pursues gallery management, curation and arts education.