Of Departing and Returning is an artist’s book that explores my personal geography. When I first thought about what I considered home I thought of where I’ve been and where I’m going. I love my hometown but also want to explore the world and reach my dreams. I took this duality of longing for both the past and the future and created a removable spine book that can be opened from either side. This allowed me to tell the story of departing on one side, and the story of returning on the other. This book form creates a cycle, which directly reflects how I identify the concept of home. I chose to illustrate my book with birds since they migrate to warmer weather in the winter, only to return home again in the spring.