For this series I set out to collect reference images and objects from my home in Rhode Island where I had lived the first eighteen years of my life. In my home I sought out odd objects and moments that were passively accepted as part of my family’s life; chewing marks on the molding from an anxious dog, tape over light switches long rendered useless, and trinkets which became so ingrained in our everyday they are now regarded as precious.
The subtle physical qualities banal objects and their overlooked influences on my family’s dynamics are my focus. I use reference images of both my family and these objects to make drawings through additive and subtractive methods. Using charcoal powder and compressed charcoal as a medium, I make high-contrast photographic drawings of both bodies and snippets of their surroundings. In making these drawings I explore the overall nature of the relationship at hand and those influences that surround it. Objects that I am able to physically collect are presented to viewers in the gallery space for their own examination, in order to minimize the layers of distance from rendering and re-rendering. Within my family there is a quiet tension between the Catholicism of my parents and my brother’s and my own slow distancing from our religion at birth. This is demonstrated in two of the works in this series; the portrait entitled Father, and the diptych Mother and Child. These drawings are of my father, my mother, and myself respectively. The use of the confession screen over the portrait of my father is both an intimacy in the uncensored truth of the catholic act of confession, but also a separation in distance created by the screen of religion itself. In the diptych entitled Mother and Child I use the physical likeness of my mother and my own surgery scars to bring forward the manifestation of our emotional connection likened to that of the Madonna and Christ, as our relationship is quietly influenced by our religious differences. Although religion does not play a part in each of the pieces, it does present heavily in my family. The objects collected are presented in conjunction with the drawings of both my kin and our home to create a scene-like depiction of my family’s narrative, both the marks we leave on our home and on each other.