(And Why Can’t That Always Be?) is a personal series of work cataloguing places of my adolescence, and using them as an introspective into my past in light of the death of a high school friend. These places, being very specific to me, become non-specific reflections on teenagedom, a history of myself but also of my friends and of what it means to be growing up in suburbia. In these spaces I am searching for a presence, but all I found was emptiness looking out at me from my past, reminding me that moments are there and then gone. I see this as a general reflection of the collective past that we all inhabit.