So much of who we are is passed from generation to generation—our genes, our behaviors—molded by our parents and grandparents. My mother’s relationship with her mother was fraught with difficulties and these same dynamics were passed onto me. In 2017, my mother and father—who had not lived together for 50 years—died within three days of each other. My sister and I were startled to find the extent to which she had been hoarding. We discovered her journals, copious unsent letters written to family members, everyday objects and photographs depicting many family scenes that I have no memory of. A profound sadness combined with these surprising discoveries led to my creating this body of work exploring feelings, memories and the lack of memories from my life.
My creative process begins with composing and photographing a still life of the botanicals together with the collected objects. I then print out the image and create yet another still life by layering more objects with the print and re-photograph it. There by giving a further sense of the complex and layered emotions found within family dynamics.
This work has been exhibited online and in galleries around the United States.