Looking Back; The Minutia Series continues
As a visual artist I am an observer, like many, I look at the world as a place full of compelling personal histories.
I study people's interiors, both of mind and of physical ideas of home. I look at the study through aspects of people's interior spaces and investigate how it reflects that person. I have been looking at stories about displacement and home for many years.
These images are about my observations of what I call the "minutia" of our world; things we see or experience in everyday life, but sometimes miss. In 2000 I started an ongoing project called The Minutia Project.
When I started The Minutia Project I photographically excavated the interiors of people in my life who I knew well and had influenced me, visually.
The idea of that project has stretched into photographing people's interiors, whom I do not know well. One such family in my hometown, to which I recently returned to live, bought the old house next door to their family home. The house enshrines pieces of their deceased neighbor, Stella and her life and past in a house she inhabited with her family for 65 years.
The new imagery of the old Diaz house merge the elements that are most dear to me- those that conjure memory without it being trite or sentimental and illuminating other peoples belongings for all of us to find the single punctum within. We all have a past, why not try to connect to others?
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