Artist Statement Submitted 2017Photographing my grandmother for the last ten years of her life, I considered her my collaborator. Since her death, creating alongside her still feels like a necessary part of my process. Inspired by Victorian traditions of post-mortem photography, the photographic stand-in, and the contemporary Flat Daddy - life-sized photos of deployed soldiers, I created “Flat Granny” as a stand-in for my grandmother.
Flat Granny began as a simple cardboard cutout of my grandmother. In an interest to reanimate her still image, I turned Flat Granny into a costume. “Flat Granny and Me” is a series of performances that take place within constructed environments shaped by early cinematic devices and the colliding "mindscapes" of my family’s stories. “A Procession in My Mind" reimagines the parade route my grandmother took as Enterprise, Alabama's 1968 Woman of the Year inviting the viewer to step inside the photograph, the story, not knowing fully what has happened or what might happen next.