My work explores questions around memory, mortality and identity through emotionally charged and psychologically ambiguous objects and spaces which are imbued with history. My practice looks at the vacant space, the empty shell, the skin of things and is informed by my own European heritage and research around the subject of Aura in art.
Through my work, I evoke and explore corporeal presence. My subjects have an intimate, physical relationship to the body and have been handled and inhabited; they are inanimate but loaded, exposing the affecting remnants of past lives. The images of the children’s clothes are made without a camera, placing the antique garments directly on photographic paper and exposing them to light, the skin cells and body oils of their wearers seeping into the prints. My practice uses photography as a means, not only for remembrance, but as a method for preservation and restoration. The camera becomes an instrument for resurrecting archaic and obsolete objects, turning them into something new, inviting us to reevaluate them.
The Whispering Gallery and its dormant containers of rifles and pistols, crosses and medals, imply hidden narratives and secret histories, the sense of absence and omission tapping into our darker fears and desires. The project is a personal investigation and involves an intimate search for identity as the objects and spaces photographed come from my own family home, but the meaning of the work is open to interpretation and ultimately resides with the viewer.