photography series

You Are Not You

Artist Statement

Nothing is ever easy when a relationship ends but hopefully moving forward, we can learn from the best and worse parts to improve ourselves. I am guessing our path in life is to find who truly brings out the best in us, who can and will stay with us, through everything. To find your rock is not the hardest part, it is keeping it when things get tough. That is the beauty of having history together. Will he stay?

This is my latest series, You Are Not You.

photography series
Jebediah Shorten
CLICK TO LISTEN TO THE 1ST VOICEMAIL IN THIS SERIES:

We are all susceptible to indescribable pain and suffering. With life, there are immense highs and lows. You are not you is a series of works that tracks a woman at her prettiest and not so prettiest moments. While there are countless obstacles and challenges in life, there are times where we may question whether our beloved will stay. Deciding on your partner is difficult. Choosing to stay with your partner can be stressful. Can the shared history be enough to sustain you both for decades to come or is it now time to let it all go. These are the decisions we ask ourselves and we will only know if we were right when our time nears.

It is never easy seeing yourself when we re-visit different phases of our life. Sometimes we lose a part of ourself; and yet sometimes re-discovering a new you takes extraordinary courage and strength.

I have added voicemails from Mark and Sarah to this work, that tells their story in their own words.  While no one is clearly right or wrong; it is these moments where we reflect on the beginning of love and its end. My wish is that we learn from difficult times and let go of our past.

While this work came together rather quickly the concept and meaning took a few years to develop. Edith had approached me with a personal idea and over the years I had been thinking of how I could visually interpret this. I am thrilled to feature model Jebediah Shorten in this collaboration. The audio portion tracks a real life 5-yr. relationship of voicemails between Mark and Sarah. They will both remain anonymous. The hair and make-up is styled by Edith Chan.

A PHOTO/AUDIO INSTALLATION
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