The Photo Memory Project, 2009
Working from "memories", my work forces the viewer to reassess the importance of the everyday image, and changes the meaning of the snapshot with large scale, ink transfer drawings that resemble the highly recognizable Polaroid photograph. Compared with today's digital image, the Polaroid was instant, inexpensive and expendable. My intent is to take the forgotten or disregarded "memory" and recreate it to force the viewer to question its importance. These images were from video stills of 8mm film and from publicly submitted photos. If a photo was chosen to be reproduced, the owner of the original photo was interviewed about the memory that the photo represents. Those collective memories became the sound element for the installation.