‘Mayflies’ is a book about motherhood, the ephemerality of life and the complexity of loss. It delineates a turbulent journey in memories, feelings, pain and acceptance upon my mother’s death. Through multiple chirographic mutations of the imagery, the experience of loss in intertwined layers is represented throughout the work.
The scientific name of Mayflies is Ephemeroptera and it is derived from the Greek “ephemera” meaning short-lived, and “ptera” meaning wings. This is a reference to the short lifespan of adult mayflies. Most adults are delicate insects with a very short lifespan. They emerge, reproduce, and die in a single day.