RESOUNDING SILENCE Resounding Silence Studies (2016) In 2012, at the age of 7, my first-born began to express difficulty understanding his purpose in the world and was unable to connect with others in a way that made him feel like he belonged. With his busy and brilliant mind on overdrive, he was despondent, emotionally impaired, and anxious. In 2017, he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. During this time, I too felt alone, terrified and scrutinized because my son didn't fit in. I was in the dark on how to help him. No matter how much compassion, love and nurturing I give him, he is still distraught, paranoid and sad. As he gets older, it becomes harder for him to relinquish to society's increasing expectations and social demands. Mood swings take over his life to overshadow and disrupt an otherwise creative and beautiful childhood. He is saddened by the evils of human nature and suffers from existential depression. This series of images shows him relinquishing to the water where he has always felt safe being held in sadness, withdrawal, and solitude. The images are both a witness to his suffering and a reflection of mine. Acrylic lift on plexiglass panels.