Life is basically a series of memories—whether from seconds ago or years ago. Our minds are similar to a labyrinth and photographs help to reflect, create and reconstruct our past. Family photographs had disappeared from my memory bank. Yet, when seen for the first time in years, the dress I wore or the street where I lived were as vivid as yesterday. By combining two photographs into one image, I am compressing time and allowing viewers to see the past and not so past simultaneously.
This series references the works of several artists. Martin Parr often experiments with depth of field and renders subject out of focus.The shadow portraits of Lee Friedlander and John Baldessari use negative space and iconic dots to obscure both figures and places within a photographic series. Inherent in our understanding of appropriating these vernacular images is the concept that the new work reexamines whatever it borrows to create another work.
Photographs are often the main source of life’s remembrances. Our minds see events and people subjectively and photographs sustain that memory. Images are an abstraction of the real experience and as such influence how we react emotionally to our past FAMILY is about time, loss, memory and the creation of a legacy for the future.