"When a coral reef dies, its body becomes a hollow memory of its distanced pass, the outer shell is calcified, frozen in time. Its touch, a familiar sonnet of fine sugar and brittle stone. Its taste, secrets drizzling down the throat while ignoring the sourness of the aftertaste. This process reflects a constant battle as land and ocean dual in an eternal plight; sworn enemies of time." - Morel Doucet
"White Noise" examines the relationship between the living and malleable in coral reef bleaching, nostalgia as a reconstituted memory, and the socio-environmental experience of the African diaspora, particularly Afro-Caribbeans, through ecological metaphors of Black fragility, skin bleaching, and colorism. The space that exists between these vices is charged by the politics of identity, the clash of past and present, and the slippage between invention and record. Coral reef takes thousands of year to mature into community groups and develop symbiosis between fishery and shelter. As climate change and our waters begin to warm up, many of these coral reef systems fall victim to coral reef bleaching. The consequence is a dead sea symphony of white skeletons, void of life, movement and community. Shared narratives of self, family, and community are marked by a frozen nostalgia as each coral laid dormant, its memory is preserve as a white noise.
20 Affirmationn Series (Work in Progress)