This story is a personal and intimate one to me, because I have chosen to document the homes of two of my immediate family members, along with my own home. In the series “I am my mother’s daughter” I am interested in investigating how my grandmother, mother and I decorate and organise our domestic spaces. Throughout the work generational similarities and differences through the decoration and organisation of each woman’s home can be seen, and the series provokes the viewer to discover these similarities and differences. Further ideas discussed through the work are the domestic role of the women, rituals, and the handing down of mannerisms and habits across multiple generations.
In the final section of the work where I have documented my own domestic space, the images are a personal reflection on my reaction to moving out of home, creating my own home, holding on to some habits passed down from my mother as well as creating new ones of my own.
The text printed underneath some of the images adds another layer of meaning to the work, as it displays small snippets of conversation had between myself, my mother and grandmother.
This work was made between July 2010 and October 2011. Images from the section of the work taken at my gradnmother’s house were exhibited in two exhibitions – unFamiliar, held at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, 2010, and was also exhibited in 66% – A Collaborative Third Year Photography Exhibition, held at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, 2011. Selected pieces from this series have also been sold at print auctions and sales.
The first eight images are from my grandmother’s home, the middle eight images are from my mother’s home, and the final eight images are of my home.
My Grandmother’s Home
My Mother’s Home
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