"When We Were" : An Exploration into Family and Memory
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The artist writes "When We Were is for me, an exploration into the ideas of collective memory and shared history. I became interested in this idea of collective memory years ago in history class, and it has stuck with me till now. I am interested in the ways our collective understanding and upbringing affect the ways in which we remember moments from our childhoods, moments with our families, moments that changed our own individual histories, making them into something shared. I chose Cyanotypes to reflect this concept, because of the malleability of the medium, and the way the color and process distort detail from the photograph. I pushed this work to not only blur in focus, but to blur the lines of memory and remembering and to evoke a sense of nostalgia and familial love. This resulted in nineteen separate pieces, which I have framed in antique and second-hand frames, as to give a sense of home and belonging to each piece. This project made me to think more critically about photography, and the role of photography in my life, and pushed me to work more intensely with cyanotypes than ever before. It has helped me to reconcile my attachment to the past and helped me to remember transformative moments in my own life."