This is a two-minute excerpt/installation view from an installation of family photographs, writings, beeswax, artificial sinew, and multi-track audio that can fit into a variety of space configurations. The complete audio is on going on a loop with a duration of 40 minutes.
I am an interdisciplinary artist, working in a variety of media, mainly photography, installation, video and sound. I explore individual memories as reflections of a larger network of relationships. I am inspired by the tale of Indra’s Net, the metaphor Mahayana Buddhism uses to explain our oneness, visualizing the universe as a web of interconnectedness, linked by diamonds, each reflecting and reflected in all others. Following the deaths of my parents, I inherited the family’s photographic archives and have been exploring the role of photographic document in the formation of a personal identity, as well as the role that these visual triggers play in the creation of memories. Four Directions of Memory is an installation realized through collaboration between my siblings and myself, begun soon after my brother Jim was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and concluded shortly after his death at the end of 2009. We each wrote reflections about selected family photographs. I reproduced these writings and rolled them into bound scrolls dipped in wax. Recordings of our stories were laid in multi-tracked sonic tapestries. Through this work I construct a map of perspectives surrounding people and events that were shared directly or indirectly via family stories. Although this project is about my family in particular, I believe it also reveals the intimacy we all have with photographs of our shared history as a personal perspective on a universal truth