My work employs the family portrait as a means of exploring loss and the mysteriousness of heritage. Here, “family portraits” is a broad term; these photographs and videos are both emblematic and representational. They convey love with complication, finding the point where a possible connection is lost. The photographs of my family and the landscape we inhabit are often purposefully blurred or taken with expired film, removing a layer of reality and distancing the viewer from the presence the scene suggests, speaking to the burden of memory. My work explores the near-spiritual transfer of mannerisms from one generation to another, a migration of behaviors and relationships.
This work oscillates between the specific—my spoken recollections of a personal history and the physical locations of my photographs—and the abstract—the shroud of falling snow, the loss of light in premature dusk, and fleeting, shifting shadows projected onto an anonymous wall. With these meditations I am peeling back layers of quietude that can envelop a home, drawing out the things that remain unsaid.