Liv Nightingale, (She/Her)
Fact: Change is inevitable. Another Fact: I was not a fan of change. Truth be told, it is something I struggled greatly to accept and admittedly, one of my biggest fears. Feeling comforted by the constant hubbub was nothing new in the place I had called home for the past 13 years. Sounds of my school alarm pounding through my skull at 6:30 am in the morning, my dog barking her head off for her breakfast meanwhile dad yelling me goodbye all the way from the front door had all but ceased to become nothing more than white noise.
However, I began to cherish the sound of mum’s voice down the corridor after coming home from work asking me to put the kettle on as the fast-moving approach of moving away to uni loomed over me.
Cut to summer and my 1st year of uni complete, coming home to a place I once knew every corner and crevice of suddenly felt peculiar and foreign. Toy animals from childhood looked muted and worn, pictures of old memories seemed so far out of reach and had me questioning- who is that or rather who was that? Seeing things, a little differently from how I used to, made me feel like a stranger in my own home. It dawned on me that I was no longer child anymore and I couldn’t go back, as much as I wanted to. In an instant, I had gone from a fresh-faced year 7 to a university student, and naturally, an overwhelming amount of pressure and uncertainty stirred within me. This experience is the main motivation behind my piece. I very much love to leave the work inconspicuous and provide viewers with interpretative freedom.
Over time, however, I began to realise that my surroundings are not the object of change but I am. For, as I grow, the world around me follows. Going to university enabled me to progress with how I interact with the world and adapt to change. Though a perplexing experience it may seem and one that will continue, perhaps seeing things a little differently isn’t so bad after all.
Words: Liv Nightingale, Storehouse Content Team, @t00thfaerieart