On 01, Aug 2016 | In Histories | By jilliadmin
Robinwood was Mae and Jim. With blueprints lifted from the December 1946 issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Robinwood was the house that my maternal grandparents built together and made their own with sweat, luck, and modest means on northern Michigan cow pasture land. And it was the locus of their lives for sixty years.
Hemland is a Swedish alphabet project that mines the photographic and written artifacts of my family’s pilgrimages back to Sweden. Translating these travel images, which were chronicled in disparate photographic media indicative of their decades, into the medium of cyanotype allows the images to occupy a common visual plane of shared experience. Side-by-side images of tourists loitering on Gamla Uppsala burial mounds, forty years apart, speaks to deeply-held impulses to return to the lands of those who came before us.
The Carlsons of Cadillac series is the product of many long conversations with my maternal grandmother, who drew biographical sketches of her parents and siblings for me while we pored over family photographs.
The body of work that relates to the Paws Family seeks to relay the tale of a unique and mysterious rabbit clan. First discovered and developed through a rich correspondence between sisters Maggie Weiss and Miriam King, it was then shared with the artist (their daughter / niece).