DEBORAH ORLOFF — ELUSIVE MEMORY
Do you really remember your past, or have you simply seen the photographs so many times, you’ve fabricated memories? The relationship between photography and memory is complicated; it is dubious at best. Recently, I’ve been drawn to the abandoned pictures that were relegated to my parents’ basement. Inadvertently exposed to water, heat, and humidity, they have undergone a powerful transformation. My new work utilizes these severely damaged pictures as subject matter. Elusive Memory explores the significance of vernacular photographs as aesthetic objects and cultural artifacts. The resulting large-scale photographs make commonplace objects monumental and emphasize their unique details. In their final representation, banal objects become simulacra of loss and speak to the ephemeral nature of memory.
PRINT INFORMATION: Archival Pigment Prints | Year: 2013–2018 | Variable Sizes | Edition: 7.
Deborah Orloff: www.deborahorloff.com