Identity is often disconnected with reality. Throughout the Meditations series, there are two conceptually dissimilar images, which could be viewed as diptychs. One, in which I composite birds over nude portraits, represents a desire for self-realized identity in a world of idealized feminine perfection. The face is hidden behind birds in flight to create a sense of displacement, isolation, disorientation, and confusion. The subject is surrounded with negative space as if suspended in nothingness—where everything tangible exists yet is not realized, not seen. The other coexisting yet contrasting images of minimal landscapes merely seek to reproduce this world as is, in an attempt to find grounding in what is real. The quiet landscapes serve as an opportunity for openness of the thought process, self-realization, awareness and acceptance of reality.