Movies are a very powerful form of storytelling and elicit a wide range of emotions. The evocative nature of films keep us engaged and allow us to revisit the fictional lives of others over and over again. What you are seeing here is a portrait of an actor that I have captured while watching a film. These images are a part of a new project that I began in October of 2013 and is still in its early states of development.
An Unforgiving Timeline
We all experience time. As human beings, we recognize our own birth and our own death. Here, we feel the effects of time, which is independent of consciousness. It does not care about our feelings, plans, or even how we look at it; time does not change for us. We are not able to control time that has passed, only look back on it in our memories.
The Michael series explores the motions of loss and coping. People experience grief in many different ways, depending on their age when the loss occurred, their relationship with the deceased, and the nature of the death. I experienced my first loss at the age of three when my father, Michael, died in a tragic car accident. Unlike many people who can pull from their memories to look back on a person who has passed, I only have a few tangible things that have been left behind. This essentially left me to mourn a stranger for the rest of my life. Through the use of my own family photographs I am able to communicate this strong disconnection between Michael and me by building up these layers of paint over his image. As loss is something that everyone can relate to, I want the viewer to be able to empathize with this process and revisit it vicariously through these images.