Chrysalis examines the potential of a single childhood photo, rediscovered when sifting through old negatives from my adolescence. The photo is a portrait of myself and my brother at the airport before I departed on a school trip to Japan, prior to an incredibly defining moment in my life. These photograms were made seven years later during my first year of art school, now an adult.
Chrysalis investigates the spiritual and chemical bond shared between those of the same blood. Feelings and memories from youth are abstracted photographically, the nucleus and evolution of a brother and sister’s connection, despite time passing.
The re-evaluation of time and memory is also significant here. In creating alternative imagery from a single negative I am interested in the intangible exchange that takes place, and what is lost. Chrysalis also attempts to address explores the parasitic relationship between childhood and photography, articulating exchanges between soul, identity, and subject. The childhood portrait is abstracted within and outside the confines of the film. What is taken from the original moment when the new image is born from the old?
Chrysalis is a series of self-portraits: 8×10” photogram prints that have been digitally scanned, cropped and enhanced. They were created in Auckland, New Zealand, 2015.