I am currently working on a series about perfection and control, which have ruled my life. I have been the quintessential“good girl” - good grades, good hair, good manners. Perfection and control have even touched me through anorexia.
How to Draw a Perfect Circle is my visual representation of perfection and control and a way to work through why it has such a hold on my life but also commenting on the ridiculousness of perfection and how underneath the surface what looks perfect usually isn’t.
Benny Was a Good Boy
Benny Was a Good Boy began as a chronicle of my old dog’s final year but ended up being a way for me to deal with death. By photographing his slow decline, I dealt with the feelings that accompany the breaking of a connection that was so important in my life. Moving a lot as a child led me to crave connections with people or places but I was also afraid to be hurt when the connection was ultimately broken. Dogs have always been that one unquestionable connection in my life – they never failed me.
Benny Was A Good Boy series includes a hazy, grainy, closed-in mood that embodied what I was feeling at the time. Presenting the images as diptychs intensified the close relationship that existed between the two of us.
The Whole Body of Things
I have always searched for place, both a place to live and my place in the world. As a child, I moved around a lot. I had a stable family life but an unstable home. I craved that feeling of a sense of place and where I felt “at home.” This series explores my search for both a physical place but also an emotional home.