How to dry a knife (2019-current) My photographs often begin with the recollection of a specific memory of family which warps into a visual representation. Memory, like photography, is a strange likeness in the shape of the original. These echoes of the originals embrace a surreal intimacy and examine both the power and deception of memory. I have been utilizing family snapshots in conjunction with performative acts to create time collages. I work in both self-portraiture and in collaboration with my mother and father to create an interaction with our past selves and across generations. My photographs often question genetic similarities between parent and child through masking and unmasking. They also strive to capture the complexities of how we respond to the inherited – traits, memories, and objects.
apartofme (2017) An installation of 40 images mounted behind plexiglass the exact size of the iphone screen on which they were shot. These images were created using Snapchat, an app meant for sending messages that disappear. They were created as evidence, though fleeting that family and our younger selves exist within us. The installation stands as an inquiry into our changing relationship with family through social media.
it wasn’t important until it was (2013-2017) These photographs are constructed as a parallel to the construction of my own house. Projections of nostalgic family snapshots are ingrained onto my body and my home’s unfinished walls, representing the faux interaction facilitated by technology and confounding our sense of time: Disparate moments appear, simultaneously and chaotically, in the same frame.
Relative Intimacy (2007-2012) Through this series of self-portraits and portraits of my immediate family, I examine how the people and places one considers intimate can inform identity. I translate banal scenes experienced in my everyday life into dramatic tableaux that place an exaggerated importance on the repetition of our most familiar surroundings. I play a variety of roles in my photographs, most notably that of daughter to my mother and father. Through my photographs I seek to challenge conventional familial relationships and understand how my role within that structure is constantly in flux.