Portfolio > I Am Your Flower Garden

Untitled (Jules with Aristocrat)
Platinum/Palladium
8"x10"
2017
Untitled (Hand and Fabric)
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8"x10"
2016
Untitled (Fern)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2012
Untitled (Pajama Pants)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2013
Untitled (Small Legs on Bed)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2012
Untitled (Frost and Frame)
Platinum/Palladium
8"x10"
2017
Untitled (Cut)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2011
Untitled (The Broken Pot)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2013
Untitled (Single System Laundry Inc.)
Platinum/Palladium
8"x10"
2012
Untitled (Oranges and Table)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2017
Untitled (Michael and Dried Flowers)
Platinum/Palladium
8"x10"
2015
Untitled (Michael's Shadow)
Platinum/Palladium
2015
Untitled (Legs and Leaves)
Platinum/Palladium
8"x10"
2014
Untitled (Jamie and Me)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2014
Untitled (Hand and Root)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2013
Untitled (Jules with Dots)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2012
Untitled (Iris' Wings)
Platinum/Palladium
8"x10"
2016
Untitled (Staghorn Fern)
Platinum/Palladium
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2016
Untitled (Drying Flowers)
Platinum/Palladium
8"x10"
2015
Untitled (Root)
Platinum/Palladium Print
8"x10"
2012
Untitled (Michael and Lace)
Platinum/Palladium
8"x10"
2015
Untitled (Jules and Fur)
8x10"
Platinum/Palladium
2017


My husband was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease called Charcot Marie Tooth when he was in his 20's. Over the past few years I have been developing a body of photographs that, in part, document the legibility of the disease on the body. It is also my intention to convey a deeper sense of the emotional implications of the disease on the family through photographs that are staged and have a narrative inclination.

My son, at seven years old, recognized the symptoms of his father's disease. He said to me not long ago that he had dreamt that his daddy grew new legs. In that same dream my son had been given a new puppy and he communicated those two fantasies with equal enthusiasm. There is recognition that in life, as in families, it can be that simple. We navigate the pain and the pleasure all at once, sometimes as if it were a dream. Some of these photographs exist in that place. There is an expressed desire to "dream away" the body that causes pain and replace it with a new physical landscape; the flower garden.