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Matt Eich

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Created during a time of personal domestic unease, I made this work when my parents separated after 33 years of marriage, and my wife, children and I moved to a new city. This series borrows from personal experience and the visual language of the everyday in order to create a fictional account that mirrors my reality.

Photographs are reductions, distillations, half-truths and complete fabrications. They can only describe the surface of things, while I am interested in the intangible - memory and emotional resonance.

I photograph with the knowledge that our place in this world is tenuous, comprised of little more than memory and story. Memory is fragile; the moments are fleeting and have to be wrestled into a permanent state. If we are at risk of forgetting too much of our world, and ourselves, photography is the antidote.

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