Becoming We

artist statement

I am the product of a happy, loving couple. My parents, for as long as they have known each other, have been best friends. I grew up in a home that was filled with their love for each other and their love for their children.

As a child in this household I was not always aware of the behind the scenes work my parents were doing to maintain their relationship. I am newly wed and I am learning that marriage is a cultivated partnership that needs regular maintenance. Marriage is not something that blessedly occurs, a marriage requires enduring commitment and care.

The series Becoming We is an examination of my relationship with my husband, an intersection of our individual lives and a consideration of where our lives merge to become one. The photographs of this personal union represent the universal truths of any relationship: love, friendship, disagreement, misunderstanding, trust and mortality. I also reflect on my choice not to become a mother which at times seems irrational after having been given such strong examples on which to base my potential motherhood.

The images in this series are hand-made ziatypes on salted gelatin paper. This technique, which is derivative of historic photographic processes, is seen here in a contemporary context. The softness of each unique print complements the suggestive photographic narratives found within the series.