I decided to collage a series of family photos that I discovered when my sister and I went on a pilgrimage to learn of my fathers people. The technique of photo transfer was a wonderful process for this. It allowed me to layer black and white photos in a way that brought them to life. I created these pieces after I worked on a long series of connecting poems, which explored our journey. These pieces intermingle fragments of poetry with images.
The map in the background is from where I grew up. What is satisfying is the effect of how I can see the outlines of highways and borders through the images, giving it a translucent feeling. Our connection to place seems embedded in the cellular aspects of our being. I also have many happy memories of sorting through a tin of my mothers buttons, such simple pleasures.
This piece was powerful to work on. As I brought colour to my father I felt on a visceral level that I was reconnecting with him. It was a very emotional experience to capture the depth of my feeling.
Here, words and images work together to portray the mystery I feel in trying to learn more of my story. The images are somewhat distorted just as memory, and yet they call to be seen, brought back to the present.