I spent 20 years outside of my country of birth, Singapore. As a child my family relocated often, and I floated between different environments, each with different comfort zones, conversations and food. I developed a childhood routine of finding comfort and familiarity in small details – did these strangers leave their shoes on or take them off before entering a home? What was the most popular brand of instant coffee? Is the way they speak at home the same way they’d speak at a job interview? Doing this helped me find continuity and piece together the world around me.
The Fourth island explores three far-apart islands, Mauritius, Singapore and O’ahu, Hawai’i – as focal points to discuss home and identity as a fluid entities. Not bound by four walls or one country, but entities that sail in all directions across the Earth and are inherited by people who don’t know just how much their daily lives intersect with those of strangers across the oceans.