Years Later 2013 - present
Each trip to a flea market, yard sale, or thrift shop is a unique find. While rummaging through shoeboxes and hand woven baskets, I search for precious memories of domestic pasts via the anonymous photograph. These prized possessions, once intended to be stuck to refrigerators, thumbed through in albums with intimacy and care, are now displayed for all to pillage through in estate sales. Now void of their original context and stripped of identity, these objects exist with bent corners, faded coloring and patinas offering endless narratives. The more antique images I discover, I wonder what photographs from present day would look like in the future. Will we treat the digital decay of a photograph as fondly as a well-worn print corner or a faded and stained image in a frame? Through digital manipulation via binary code corruption of these found vernacular photographs, I am reassigning image value within a social archive. The new image creates a questioning of the societal shift from storing and exchanging analogue images to the storing and sharing of the digital files, and ones intra/interpersonal relationship to this imagery.
37 Michele Lane 2012-2013
After my parents divorced, my mom and I moved in with my maternal grandparents. When I was 7 years old, growing up with my grandparents, they never seemed to age. Each day I grew older and taller and yet they stayed the same. That changed in 2007, when my Mimi was diagnosed with kidney issues and by 2012, she started going to dialysis treatments. This event shocked everyone, especially me. Her inevitable aging became more real. It became important to me to photograph her and my Papa whenever I would stop by for visits or just to say hello. I began to realize their relationship with each other was also different than what I remembered. They live together and separately in the same house, each doing their own thing, yet in unison with each other. I started to notice the house itself was also aging with them, and as the younger generation of our family taking over, leaving the fingerprints of our pasts on my grandparents' present.
Thompson Island 2015
34 Gallery Exhibition Celebrating the Unique Histories of the Boston Harbor Islands
34 is a group exhibition that includes 34 regional artists each responding to one of the 34 Boston Harbor Islands. Each imaginative work will be accompanied by a placard, featuring text from Chris Klein’s Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands, which outlines a brief history of the particular island and will provide additional context for the work itself. The exhibition is a crucial anchor for Isles Arts Initiative because it not only fleshes out the complete story of the islands, but it also provides a physical beacon on land that will be in conversation with the art on the harbor. Artists’ work will educate and inspire visitors, sharing unique perspectives and visionary iconography that will demonstrate why the islands’ history is among the most fascinating in our region. Everyone knows about Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party, but now it is time to shine a light on the story of the Boston Harbor Islands.
Hughes Remix 2014
In conjunction with the 2014 SPE National Conference theme "Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue", The Special Collections Department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery and the Department of Visual Arts, at UMBC have offered the images of the Hughes Company Glass Negatives Collection for reinterpretation and reinvention.