The Rigid and the Slack: Photographic Process in the Pursuit of Familial Intimacy uses conditions of the photographic process, from the alchemical to Barthes’s ‘violence of capturing’ to pursue intimacy in familial relations - contained, measured and contingent upon ‘the everyday’ - to examine how a body of artwork may bridge the distancing paradox inherent in the photographic process to pull the subject close.
My approach has been to visually and conceptually map the trace of the familial subject in their haptic actions and low-fi everyday setting alongside photographic picture making tools and approaches that aspire to ideal and hi-end production as a method to reflect both as intricately and intimately entwined and woven into the fabric of the artwork. My domestic setting is the studio and site where - as wife and mother - I experiment in the zone between control and disorder.
The Rigid and the Slack: Photographic Process in the Pursuit of Familial Intimacy is informed by Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida alongside; Sally Mann’s approach to photography and her memoir Hold Still: a Memoir with Photographs and; Carol Mavor’s Blue Mythologies: Reflections on a Colour.
The creative work comprises two projected videos and seven photographic prints, three of which are diptychs. Images of examined works are included in the appendix and two separate video files are available for viewing.
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