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 female nudes, 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 images of minimal landscapes merely seek to reproduce this world as is, in an attempt to find grounding. The quiet landscapes serve as an opportunity for openness of the thought process, self-realization, and acceptance of our immediate reality.