Re(a)semblance

Our family histories are constructed of memories and personal artifacts woven into a quilt of understanding, unique to each and every one of us.

 

My mother is the only child of immigrant parents, both of whom have now passed on. My father is the only surviving child of parents whose previous three generations each took a leg of the cross-continental journey after emigrating from Sweden. My distant family ties have been severed and what I know of past generations has been largely lost to time, relocation, and fading memories.

 

The genesis of this series is an old box of family photos and correspondence my father presented to me two years previous. I didn't know who the people in these photographs were, who wrote the letters, or if we were truly related. Nor did my father share any information regarding this. It’s difficult to simply discard such artifacts, but without the historical knowledge of social and family ties, where is the value of retaining them?

These constructions are tangible meditations on those thoughts. They weave together aesthetic swatches of what I believe, or would like to believe, my history to be. Photographs are threaded together with antiquated messages, patched with bits of paper, and designed by intuition. Like most of human history, what they reflect is a piecemeal understanding of my own heritage.

Name Association, 2003, 16" x 33"

Respected Member

Respected Member

16" x 25"

Commemoration

Commemoration

16" x 22"

Bilingual

Bilingual

14" x 14"

Piecemeal

Piecemeal

14" x 14"

Mathilda

Mathilda

14" x 14"

Sandoval
Culled
Broager
Summer House

Sandoval

6" x 6"

Culled

6" x 6"

Broager

6" x 6"

Summer House

6" x 6"

Mothers Day
Just Cause You Feel It
Ishpeming

Mothers Day

6" x 26"

Just Cause You Feel It

6" x 6"

Ishpeming

6" x 6"

Trajectory

Trajectory

9" x 6"

Remainder

Remainder

9" x 22"

In Passing
Settled

In Passing

6" x 6"

Settled

9" x 28"

Weaverville
Expo
The Charming Boarder

Weaverville

14" x 5"

Expo

16" x 33"

The Charming Boarder

14" x 5"

Spine

Spine

14" x 14"

Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths

20" x 20"

Distance Formula

Distance Formula

14" x 14"

Starting to Call it Home
Hilmar

Starting to Call it Home

9" x 28"

Hilmar

6" x 6"

Charlotte

Charlotte

14" x 5"

Amen

Amen

16" x 5"

Patterson

Patterson

14" x 5"

Expectations

Expectations

14" x 5"

Pilot

Pilot

14" x 14"

Your Innocent Sister

Your Innocent Sister

14" x 14"

Gesture Collection

Gesture Collection

14" x 14"

Impressionists

Impressionists

6" x 6"

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

9" x 28"

Tandem

Tandem

20" x 20"

The Correspondence Years

Name Association, 2003, 16" x 33"

The Correspondence Years

12" x 10"

Mentors

Mentors

20" x 28"