AT THE EDGE At The Edge  After the birth of my two children, I felt a severe loss of freedom. I previously spent days alone in the back country, summitted high peaks, and sailed across oceans. The messy responsibility of caring for two vulnerable babes left me yearning for transcendence. The romantics believed that seafaring gave you a sense of nearing the eternal; it was the closest to the sublime you could experience. At sea, with no reference points, floating on a liquid medium, all sense of reality as we know it on land is lost. Edmund Burke’s Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757) discusses the power of the sublime. Sublimity considers wonder in things unknown, such as nature or the sacred. Burke suggests the ocean as the perfect example. My cinematic diptychs express the sublimity of the ocean in various moods and at the same time they capture my wavering emotions as a mother. They are meant to depict my contentment and dismay as a mother wanting for freedom and sponteneity. I created these images just yards off the beach near my home while my children swam at arm's length just out of frame.