Language: operating under a strict set of rules and systems, it follows patterns and guidelines that have been set in place to create the most accurate and agreed upon method of relating. Each language, however, operates under varying conditions and is thus confined in relating only in its own realm of sameness.
Communication: requiring two or more active and engaged participants, fully committed to each other in patience, understanding, and love, while operating under the strict rules of language.
Miscommunication: in bringing together two or more participants who do not operate under the same systems of language, these subjects will endure difficulties in understanding.
As I sift through old photographs, those of my mother growing up, I am thrown into a place I cannot know. I can never be taken there, to the physical and emotional reality that existed. What I look at is only a fragment, a false composition of accuracy. But because I know my mother, I read her expressions and translate them into some emotional state of the image and of the fragmented family history. In this way I communicate (or miscommunicate), only partially, with the subject matter. Because of my inability to transport myself to the reality of the scene, my understanding of the relationships can never be complete. I begin to mix what I know of present relational separations and what I have been told about past ones. In doing so, I read the photographs as inaccurate reflections of strained relationships. I have taken the subjects from their emotional reality and used them to explore the language of miscommunication. Two languages I have chosen to work with are those of the sighted (photographic images) and the unsighted (braille and touch). The drawings become an interface with qualities of both worlds. Textures become strong visual elements that leave their familiar realm of touch, yet they continue to beckon the viewer to reach forward and see if the texture is as accurate and pleasing as a texture as it is as a visual element. My hope is that the drawings will create an intrigue of the unfamiliar and a longing to understand that which may never be possible to reach. Fragments of photos and memories are pieced together, permanently existing as impermanent conclusions.