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. These overall themes continue to be examined with Excavations, which utilizes historical photographs from the artist's family archive.
With Excavations, England undertakes a meticulous and labor-intensive process of erasing and obscuring family snapshots, sanding each one with sandpaper. The images are erased and obscured to varying degrees, leaving traces of the artist's hand. These are quiet, meditative artworks, incorporating elements of abstraction, preservation of history and nostalgia, with a critical comment on the malleability of the photograph.
14.5'' x 14.3'' image | 18.5'' x 18.3'' sheet
Archival Pigment Print on Canson Photo Rag, hand sanded
EDTION: 1+1AP, Unique, one-of-a-kind
Various sizes, 2'' x 3'' – 4' 'x 6''
Original Historical Family Snapshots, hand sanded
EDITION: Unique, one-of-a-kind