The Portuguese term saudade describes a melancholic longing. Last in the Woods begins in saudade, a word Alexis is thankful to have, as no other describe the beauty she finds in the melancholic.
This work is meant to be seen as a psychodrama where the convergence of memory and reality begin to weave narratives of an unknown inner life.
I found longing in 2012 as it confronted me while trail running the woods of my childhood. I never realized until that summer the extent to which this landscape has always haunted me.
This landscape alternates between the protagonist and antagonist in my story. Childhood experiences in nature mark a time of innocence and yet, especially for me, the woods set the stage of the bittersweet as I sought refuge and was also forced into exile while trying to escape a difficult home life.