"Crisis of Experience" is the result of an eight year project exploring themes of self-reflection and female identity using the mechanics of seriality. The work originates from a series of Polaroid SX70 self-portraits taken on a daily basis from 1979 to late 1987. The images have been edited, scanned and printed as archival pigment prints constructing a new set of narratives. In an era of digital capture, the project also considers the materiality and legacy of the Polaroid medium that can never be replicated.

PRINT INFORMATION: Archival Pigment Prints | 22”x18” image on 24”x20” sheet”, Edition: 3+1AP | 14” x 11.25” image on 18.5 x 16” sheet, Edition: 5+1AP.


In February 1979 I began taking Polaroid SX70 self-portraits on a daily basis to explore the idea of temporality and its measurement, but also to find a way to stay grounded as much of my life was unraveling. Months turned into years and I continued the ritualized documentation of self until November 1987. Spontaneously deciding when and where to take the photo, arbitrarily choosing which exposure and focus to use, allowed me to integrate elements of randomness and chance in my creative practice. Only one image a day using a handheld camera could be created, regardless of the outcome.


J. K. Lavin is an artist whose photographic practice considers memory, self-portraiture and the measurement of time. Duration, as well as experimentation with randomness and chance, is an important dimension of her work. Lavin received a Master's Degree of Art in Photography from California State University at Fullerton, CA. She also studied photography at The Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York and the Center of the Eye in Aspen, Colorado. J. K. Lavin has had numerous solo exhibitions including The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA. Her work has been included in juried exhibitions across the US. Her photographs have been published in various on-line and print magazines. Lavin’s work is held in public collections.

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