In-Passing began in 2015. At first a form of therapeutic documentation of a new reality that didn’t feel like my own, after the birth of my first son, and then in quick succession within the following few months the death of my mother.
This work represents my familial space during my children’s formative years but is also heavily informed by the unravelling departure of who I once was and the slowly rebuilt self that being a mother requires.
Motherhood for me also brings with it a seemingly inevitable deep dive into my family history and a sensitivity to the actuality that nurturing and deep love can exist alongside generational trauma and pain.
The images move through years and beyond the more easily observed challenges and transformations of new motherhood and into an enduring role that will define so much of the rest of my life. Along with the changes in myself I observe the transition of their changing needs, the physical requirements of my body being replaced by more intangible and complex emotional and physiological needs.
Moments of static domesticity and home life, unspectacular but magical are chronicled alongside significant life events.
Tedium and tension regularly reside alongside joyous innocence and boundless freedom through changing seasons and recurring environments. Each of the images tells of a particular stage in the evolution of our relationship and offers a reflection into those ever-shifting emotional landscapes, a visceral account of the chaos and intimacy of the familial universe.