Created in response to emotional issues that lie beyond control and reason within our society, the photography series Home explores the complexity of the human psyche and its impact upon the core of our society, the family unit.
I began the creative process by photographing people’s houses and apartments. To provide a representation of human thoughts and emotions, I utilized data output from electroencephalogram (EEG) testing used to analyze electrical activity of the human brain. The data was derived from file records of EEG testing of distressed brains as a visualization of the inconsistencies and aberrations of human thoughts and emotions. The EEG test data was printed directly onto cotton gauze material of the kind used to cover wounds. The gauze “veils” were hand sewn onto archival pigment prints utilizing surgical thread made from nylon monofilament, partially or completely covering the images beneath.
I sutured gauze “veils” onto the images as a metaphor for the activities, emotions and memories that occur within the closed environment of our homes. In some of these works the veils are positioned and sutured in such a way that they are barely distinguishable from the structural components of the dwelling, referencing activities, emotions and memories that, even if damaging, can become part of our sense of being and belonging. In other images within this series the veils are more heavily layered and ominous, referencing dysfunctions in our homes are more immediately threatening and imperiling.
The materials used in HOME echo pain, healing, vulnerability and protection, reflecting common grounds shared with the health of our society.
Whether abnormal behavior stems from addiction, depression or a multitude of the many other physiological or emotional factors, this project addresses a universal problem, one that is often times concealed, and revealed only within the silent confines of the home. The notion of home often is associated with feelings of protection, yet within these photographs, there exists a feeling of vulnerability. This juxtaposition gives pause to the myriad of horrific, unseen actions and events that plague our society.