Elizabeth: When I was going through early drafts, it obviously was present in the references to the company, but outside of that, all the personal images, the ones of families on this compound, I didn’t see the oil reference. They read as family portraits within the space.
Ayesha: Oil is this permeating subject. It is the root of it all, yet it was never this thing I faced or even thought about much, if at all, as a kid. It was more like a circumstance, a “just”…a big “just.”