In August of 2021, I was accepted to participate in the SIM artist residency in Reykjavik. I was to create a project in a month to show in a gallery exhibit, something I had never done before.
On the way over, the girl I sat next to on the plane told me that Iceland looked like another planet. The analogy I had based my previous projects on had to come to life in front of my eyes. Arriving in Reykjavik felt much like crash landing on an alien planet, and equipped only with the tools of creation I had broken down, I had to make a project. It felt like my whole year had prepared me for this test, and it was a hugely transformative experience for me.
PLANET ISLAND is a continuous mix of 6 instrumentals using sounds I recorded in Iceland on my iPhone 6. I paired these beats with pictures, from myself and my fellow SIM residents, of different natural wonders of Iceland, some of which the sounds came from. I presented this all adjacent to my laptop, headphones, and other daily items I used to created this project. I wanted the showcase the exhibit next to the process to grant viewers the full scope.