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series: From the Same Bulb
From the Same Bulb

Archival Ink-jet Prints

One of my yearly garden/art rituals is to plant Elephant Ear bulbs in the spring and harvest the leaves in the fall for photographic work. For me, working in the yard and making art are parallel practices. I approach both endeavors in a similar fashion, initially starting with a plan and then, as the project advances, collaborating with my materials. Every year, the Elephant Ear work evolves. The earliest images are black and white photograms. Later work includes scanned leaves, bulbs, roots and dirt. The images in this exhibition were all created in 2012.

This project also works on another level, as a form of emotional relocation. One of the final stages of the grief process, emotional relocation occurs when the survivor develops an ongoing relationship with memories associated with the deceased. Working on the home and in the garden were a significant part of my relationship with my husband who died suddenly in 2006. Thus, the Elephant Ear project, by integrating aspects of our shared life, allows me to move forward, while staying connected to my past.

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series: From the Same Bulb series: From the Same Bulb    
  series: From the Same Bulb series: From the Same Bulb    
  series: From the Same Bulb series: From the Same Bulb    
  series: From the Same Bulb series: From the Same Bulb