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 methodologies. Images are often coded, abstracted and imply personal and dreamlike narratives.
Through found family photographs I am attempting to meld my memories with the visual stories of anonymous family members, while simultaneously creating new memories, new stories and new histories. I may not know all the details of where and from whom I come, but with these images, I at least can feel as though I have a connection with people whom I didn’t get the opportunity to know.
The act of layering is also important to me. Not just the layering of imagery, but layering conceptually. For me background images imply the past; the middle ground my past; and the foreground the present, where ideas are surfacing and making themselves known, where stories are being created and recreated. The foreground is the now, where this visually symbolic language is being used and where my images are being developed as an abstracted representation of self.