In my last post Meet Your Photographer, I mentioned exhibiting my art. Today I would like to take a minute to talk about my senior thesis exhibition. Since I graduated in 2015, I put most of my focus into my career at Meijer. I am glad to have the time to focus on my career as a photographer and continue to research and produce art.
The way the memory works inspired many of my projects during school. Below is my Artist statement.
Memory is one of the most essential bodily functions. Individuals who lose the ability to recall history, culture, personal life experiences or even how to function in society on a daily basis suffer with personal identity challenges. Memories fade and become difficult to access overtime; they are altered with each recollection or are forgotten completely.
Inspired by my desire to hold onto my past with my father whom I can no longer create new memories with, I experimented with in camera techniques to illustrate the confusion, disorientation, alterations, fading and lack of information that come along with the process of recalling. My subject matter comes from locations or objects in which I explored in some matter with my father. I faintly overlaid images from past experiences to illustrate how it once was compared to how little and strenuous it has become to recall these experiences when revisiting the same situation.
Originating from a coping journal, the titles enhance the understanding of the pleasure and sadness caused by struggling to remember something from the past and wishing that it could be experienced again.
The exhibition, Re:Construct at The DeVries Student Gallery, Western Michigan University.
Title: Embrace the cycle, memories fade into dreams.
Title: It’s all a blur, like peering into water or looking through dense fog.
Title: Memories are irreplaceable but they will disappear.
Title: With each recollection the departed remains with me.
Title: Until I fear there is nothing, nothing more to hold onto.
The reception and some of my beloved supporters.
Stay tuned for updates on my new work.