Darby Bowen
How Did We Get Here?


What makes you who you are? Is it your possessions, your accomplishments, or maybe the people in your life? Or is it your experiences? 


In a lot of books and movies there's the go to plot of, "if this significant moment in your life was different what would your life be like now “And then it shows the main character navigating their new life with the significant moment changed. And then in every single one, or at least that I've seen, the main character doesn't like how their life is different and they preferred their old life.


 I've always believed, ‘We are a product of our experiences, both the good and the bad. And even though some of those experiences were bad they made me who I am, and I like who I am.’ But do I believe that? Do all those books and movies just end that way to make us feel better about ourselves and our situations?


Who would you be? If your family wasn’t your family, or if you never met that person. If you never went through that tragic moment in your life, or if those people had been there when you needed them. If you were born in a different time or in a different body. If anything different happened, would you still be you? And if not, would you be happier existing as that other person? These are all things that I thought about while creating this body of work, and I still don’t have an answer.


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