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 ARTIST STATEMENT

 

 Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

My images are about time, loss and memory. By photographing and re-contextualizing precious memories, I have sought to understand how life proceeds, and then, ultimately disappears. I document the artifacts of the past in order to enrich the present. 

In “I Can Only Remember What I Don’t Forget,” I examine how families archive and pass down memories from generation to generation. This work responds to a universally relatable experience, of sifting through the items left behind, determining how to incorporate our inheritance.This exploration of objects from the past led me to explore the books of my childhood.

 In “Prior Pleasures,” each photograph of a vintage book is taken using a multiple exposure technique, incorporating end pages, illustrations, and text. This allows me to show the excitement of a book fluttering open, coming to life for readers of all generations.

This led me to the series “Seeking Epicurus.” As I looked around my home of forty years, I realized I had accumulated many objects. Photographing each object prior to donation transformed the items into a still life — evidence of all the life lived within these walls.

My most recent body of work, “VISUAL DNA...the language of photograph” encourages the viewer to ask what is the most important part of an image. Using deconstructed parts of found photographs and overlays, I introduce another strategy of deciphering visual information.
 

Together, I hope that my photographs offer answers to a basic question—“What does our past mean to us--as individuals, as families, and as a community?”