2014 – 2015

Home is the center-weight of Odette England's artistic practice, with memory and forgetting being the counterbalances. Her photographs are fragile, contemplative and temporal spaces. Throughout her practice, she explores the volatility of identity, emphasizing the unstable nature of the past/present and the parent/child seesaw. 

The Develop Before series continues these overall themes. With this work, the artist has made made photographs of the insides of vintage Kodak film boxes, that once belonged to her grandfather. 

"Grandpa's boxes have their own unique marks of age – wrinkles, scars, and bruises – things we tend to avoid in family photography. They were also never intended to be subjects of photography: boxes are simply trash – nothing of value, though to grandpa, worth something."—Odette England.

In addition to the connection to the family archive, the photographs resonate in other ways, through abstraction, minimalism, negative space.

20'' x 20'' image on 24'' x 24'' sheet

Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Smooth