Melody S. Boone

Based in themes of identity and self-portraiture, this work investigates family history, and it explores themes of the black family unit and the relationships within these units. Within these themes I am playing with visuals using various photographic and tangible methodologies. Images are often coded, abstracted and imply personal and dreamlike narratives.

Through found family photographs I am attempting to combine my memories with the visual stories of anonymous family members, while simultaneously creating new memories, new stories and new histories.

The act of layering is also important. Not just the layering of imagery, but layering conceptually. In photographs the background images imply the past; the middle ground my past; and the foreground my present, where ideas are surfacing and making themselves known, where stories are being created and recreated. The foreground is now, where a visually symbolic language is being used and where my images are being developed as an abstracted representation of self.