My work explores relationship between time and memory through the lens of family. I explore the fracturing quality of memory, the ‘pictures’ of which linger in the mind—changing—and those connections to individual photographs. Using the family photographs, interviews from family members, and photography’s inherent connection to the death-drive, I seek to illuminate and re-frame my definitions of self by creating personal lieux de memoire—places of memory.
Viewing my own family photographs from the perspective of Anthropology creates an objective self-observation environment. Experimenting with medium while maintaining the constant nature of family photographs, I can discover different modes of presenting the work so that the viewer brings their own experiences to the work. The interplay between my family photos and the viewer’s experience creates a finished, varying interpretation of my bodies of work. The viewer is given their own opportunity to create a personal lieux de memoire.
My work varies between site specific–incorporates materials that relate to the site–and memory specific where I incorporate text, images, or relics from my past. I use repetitive processes such as photography and craft-based materials.
Currently, I am working on large-scale, site-specific installations in the mostly empty, childhood home of my mother. Using pre-existing my memories from the site, interpretations of family photos, and mixed media, craft-based pieces, I have installed works in locations of the house that hold significant sentiments. I am documenting the space over time and interviewing my grandmother as she lives among the work.