“A representation is thus neither an imitation nor a type of signification; it neither resembles nor refers to what it represents. It presents something absent and determines it without otherwise transforming it completely into presence.” — Tristian Garcia, In Defense of Representation
I have always been interested in how experiences are communicated, which has fueled my fascinated with personal narrative and the ways in which history is always under construction. All of this has urged me to explore the fallibility of photography as a means of recording memories and experiences. There are memories that I have longed for since age six after my father passed away, and there are memories that I continuously lose in the day-to-day flow of life, leading to a keen awareness of how memories are forever melding into and replacing one-another. In an attempt to embody all of these emotions for this exhibition I have included old family photos taken as a child alongside images skewing the viewers assumptions of space within the frame of a photograph. Inclusion of these images creates an overwhelming sense of memory alongside its absence — while at the same time creates a body of work that is evocative of time and self-identity. Influenced by artists such as Larry Sultan, Emmet Gowin and Mitch Epstein, these images reference the history of photography by questioning notions of family, emotional narrative and personal expressions of self.