Legacy

Legacy: The Strange Power of Scars

Legacy: The Strange Power of Scars

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. These changes are severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. In Alzheimer's disease, the brain cells themselves degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. My Grandmothers (Gram and Granny) were both diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1999 within months of one another. They lost the ultimate battle in 2004, again within months of one another. As a result, I have become obsessed with absorbing my Grandmothers’ and consequently my own past. As they struggled to retain their identity and their memories, I am now determined to gather them and add them to my own. The result is this imagery. I have collected items and locations belonging to and inspired by my Grandmothers as well as my own physical and mental inheritance. Using these everyday things along with my memories and those given to me by members of my family as well as a vast collection of family photographs, I have built narratives within the frame. Through the years and through the course of creating, some of the narratives stray, and thusly this has become a reflection of myself to a much greater extent than I could have imagined and I have realized just how deeply rooted in my past I am. On a conscious level, I still find myself tormented with anger and helplessness, sadness and fear. On another level however this has become a healing venture. Although I am still often overcome, I am beginning to find peace.

Legacy: Inadequate Protection Against the Elements
Legacy: The End of a Sentence
Legacy: Definition Does Not Equal Truth
Legacy: Drinking Tea in the Mud
Legacy: Desire for Fluency
Legacy: Unappeased yearning to Return
Legacy: Incomplete Emotions in the Present
Legacy: Impossible to Reproduce the Past
Legacy: Greatness in the Small Things
Legacy: Longer Than Knowing Even Wonders
Legacy: Mark It With a "B"
Legacy: Not So Magic Mason Jar
Legacy: The Vault Where I Keep My Mind
Legacy: Sipping on Butterfly Wings
Legacy: Spoken for the Last Time
Legacy: Part of You and Part of Me
Legacy: So Much More Than It Was
Legacy: The Sorrow it Brings
Legacy: The Fourth Sister
Legacy: The Time Thief
Legacy: Preparing for Winter
Legacy: Jumbled Notions
Legacy: Hope of Becoming a Memory
Legacy: The Strange Power of Scars