Gathered #10, 2012
inkjet print, 12.5x16 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #12, 2013
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #11, 2012
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #07, 2012
inkjet print, 12.5x16 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #04, 2012
inkjet print, 12.5x16 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #33, 2012
inkjet print, 12.5x16 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #08, 2012
inkjet print, 12.5x16 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #06, 2012
inkjet print, 12.5x16 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #18, 2013
inkjet print, 60x40 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #03, 2012
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #26, 2013
inkjet print, 60x40 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #19, 2013
inkjet print, 16x12.5 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #20, 2013
inkjet print, 16x12.5 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #32, 2013
inkjet print, 16x12.5 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #30, 2013
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #31, 2013
inkjet print, 60x40 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #14, 2012
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #01, 2012
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #23, 2013
inkjet print, 60x40 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #24, 2013
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #05, 2012
inkjet print, 12.5x16 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #34, 2012
inkjet print, 16x12.5 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #11, 2013
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #27, 2013
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #16, 2012
inkjet print, 16x12.5 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #17, 2013
inkjet print, 60x40 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #15, 2012
inkjet print, 16x12.5 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #33, 2012
inkjet print, 40x30 inches, edition of 3
Gathered #28, 2013
inkjet print, 60x40, inches, edition of 3
Gathered #09, 2012
inkjet print, 40x30, inches, edition of 3
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Gathered

Gathered, is a series of photographs and installations, where I am inspired from my personal memories and archives to delve into the issues of femininity and the relationships within my family.

I collected old clothing from my family members subsequently altering the garments by cutting, tearing and unraveling them. I have a vivid memory of my great aunt cutting old clothes to make rags. She would give the pieces of material to family to use around the farm. I’ve mimicked this action by giving the rags, which I made, to my mother and father and asking them to use the material around the house, the garden and the farm. After they were used, I would take them back. The material and rags were later installed and photographed.

While creating Gathered, I started my own family. Attempting to understand and navigate through a new world of motherhood, the subjects of domesticity and femininity were ever more exposed. Taking the garments apart and reflecting on past relationships aided me to reconnect with my female ancestral roots. Strangely, unraveling my grandmother’s hand-made blanket was truly comforting.

I took inspiration from my foremothers and their importance in the home, as well as, their physical and emotional implications of domestic tasks, of being a mother and a wife. My new responsibilities and obligations were also challenged as the shapes and forms created through out the project reference the idea of the home, the fetus and the body.

We are inextricably bound to our families. Tied into a web of lineage we did not choose, it is our ancestors that have helped shape the people we are. In deconstructing the material I question the inter-relationships of my family, our dependencies and affinities, while trying to unlock memories to help understand past relations. The construction process was a physical reaction to address my unanswered questions and acknowledge my perception of family and our relationships.