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Invitation to Lost Time is a series of large photographic works on aluminum that focus on the effects of time and material degradation. Like windows into alternate spaces, they depict interiors–living rooms, dining rooms, domestics spaces – where people once stood for the camera to mark a moment, but have since passed on leaving an index of their trace. I am interested in mining the signifiers held within these constructed spaces and their role in memory and identity formation through the lens of phenomenology.
The photographs, handed down to me from family members from two generations prior, reveal mundane scenes with figures to which personal connection is now lost. I redact the figure from the image by folding the section containing them out of view leaving uncanny remnants, such as shadows, clothing, and hair. This folding gesture shifts each image's subject from the figure to the background, thus disrupting the visual field and highlighting the photograph's materiality–folds, cracks, tears, and other signs of age. The resulting photographs, whose imagery contains subtle clues (furniture, books, picture frames, ala domestic archeology), allude to the identity of the people that once inhabited the spaces, which in turn merge the remaining representational references with abstract elements borne from the gesture of folding and colorful digital scanning artifacts.
All of the photographs in this series are scaled to refer back to the figure, and printed onto aluminum, thus creating an indexical record of these memory objects. This process enables me to question how objects and images build and shed meaning over time within a screen-based culture and to reflect upon our current situation. With these works, I seek to bridge the every day and the political, connect history with the present, and in turn, blur the border between personal and collective memory.