Homegoing series (30X30, 24X16, 8X8, Durachrome prints, 2016-17)
Like many of my generation, I’ve cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and worry this disease will affect me, as it does 1 in 9 Americans over 65 – mostly women. For this series, I created still life images and photographic collages using, in part, vintage photographs and mementos that tell my relative’s specific story, but I also use food objects that evoke the brain structure and its fragility in a more universal sense. Repeating objects and shapes like the circle and obscured faces are used to enhance the connection of the still life images to the collages. The image of a home represents a space for the container of memories and the relief prints are specifically incorporated to suggest the repetition and degradation of memory that is part of the process of the aging brain. The Homegoing images reflect on, in part, the ultimate result of much neurological disease, but also on the brief, sweet moments of connection that are part of the fatal illness that is often referred to as the long goodbye.