Old photographs and the moments they capture and fragment have always fascinated me. I have an innate yearning to synthesize layers of information that accumulate into my sense of family and self. I have become inexplicably drawn to instants captured in images that create a dialogue, sometimes by the assertion of the person photographed, but more often by creating a personal narrative in which I react to my learned history of a moment in their life. By depicting family members from photographs and altering the way in which the viewer reads them I burrow into the fluid nature of memory and its ability to distort our understanding of “truth.”
I am interested in how human presence is not fixed, while artifacts and photographs act as place markers in time. Objects and patterns can become representative of a person, relics of sorts, holding a visceral presence when one is absent due to distance or death. Just as a pattern repeats, repetitive acts occur in our daily lives that ultimately shape our identities. In my work I create an understanding of a person, or group of people, rooted in memory and place. I explore how the presence of object and pattern existing in the old photographs I have cultivated can act as catalysts of masking or presenting. Both comfort and distortion live within memory where a fixed understanding can become inconceivable. In many respects the amalgamation of the photograph, memory, and the people and places represented determine the way in which the medium is realized.