Disjointed Recollection is a study into the disjointed memory we universally feel when thinking about our individual childhoods. Why is it that the most detrimental and formative years of our lives become confused? This leaves us deceived of the key years of our identities. This is something with no definite answer, leaving people unnerved for a very long time. I have turned my own childhood photographs into large scale montages showing the fragmentation of my personal memory of certain events that I have no recollection of. Without photography to document these events, would I ever know these things have occurred in my lifetime? The fragments becoming manipulated at certain points of the photographs further emphasises the lack of truth behind the memory that I have. In addition to this, the large scale of the photographs portrays the overwhelming feeling of lost childhood memory. The installation of the work uses masking tape to attach each piece to allow more freedom of movement for each part because of the everchanging nature of memory. Having each fragment printed 6×4 is also a nod to photographs found in classic family archives. In the installation, it is visible that each photograph fades into each other, slightly overlapping to rise thoughts of memories fading into each other without true clarity of events.
My photographic practice intertwines different materiality into montages to create a narrative and movement within photography, the photograph is often seen as a still moment yet in my practice I aim to challenge these ideas using multiple images that can then create an experience. This process allows me to investigate certain subjects in a way that is unrestrained and gives me a chance to view my own thoughts creating a personal touch to my work. In recent years, I have looked at my own family relationships and the uncomfortable connotations I have with them. I enjoy working using affordable materials like photocopied photographs, tape and smaller prints to create a larger and more immersive experience for viewers interested in my practice. Fragmenting and manipulating the imagery allows me to rewrite the narrative and tell my own story from the materials I am studying and using.
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