This photographic series was inspired by a generational
family farm that was bequeathed to me upon my eighty-year-old aunt’s death.
While I have never lived in the house, I spent much time there growing up and
as a result, this house has come to represent a portal of sorts for me to
explore and reframe the past.
The objects in the house represent traces of my childhood
and of the lives lived there. With no one left to dictate who or what I should
be in the house, I have been free to explore the space and claim it as my own.
It felt important to disrobe in the images because garments are often an
identifier for a time period. By not wearing clothes, I am not associated with
a specific era. Allowing my body to move freely without the restrictions of
clothes also helped me to return to a youthful state of mind.
Using slow shutter speeds, I
explore space and time through the photographic process. I am able to
transition between worlds, poised between being present and absent. In this
historical space, I step into a new story that I am creating for myself.