As a teacher at a international school in Singapore, I have a unique opportunity each year to travel with a group of students of multiple nationalities and backgrounds for a weeklong interim trip to various areas around the globe. The intent of this interim program is to provide the students an opportunity to enhance their school curriculum with real world life experiences.

Myanmar is one of the earliest homes of mankind, but is a country that is only now starting to find its place in this global economy while keeping its identity. One goal of this trip was to provide a framework in understanding the impact of a globalized world on a traditional society through a range of cultural lenses. Over the past few decades, the garden gnome has gained notoriety through various pranks and travel advertising campaigns as a symbol of exploration. This series of work portrays the country of Myanmar through the eyes of this global citizen of places that are symbolic to this nation or are soon becoming obsolete.