Buttons for Eyes

 

Artist Statement

 

“Buttons for Eyes” explores issues of loss, memory and my cultural hybrid identity by physically manipulating my old family photographs and then re-photographing those altered artifacts. In this series however the rules appear to be bending. Natural light, always a key ingredient in my work, becomes another material to manipulate; spilt into sparks, smeared into rainbows or shimmering back from the depths of powdered pigments, the light’s new-found mercurial nature is a clue to the rest. It tells us that though this work mythologizes the past and present it also plays game with them. It winks, pokes and inverts- suggesting joyousness, mixed with the loss and regret that accompanies us all.

 

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