I have photographed my children for years, fascinated by their growth and our evolution as a family. Inevitably, as they have grown up and away, I have found myself searching for new subjects. My emptied nest has been both a gift and a challenge. I finally have the time to devote to my own pursuits, but the silence and solitude sometimes make it harder to ignore the chatter that populates my head. Invented Inventory is a series of self-portraits cataloguing the thoughts, feelings, and attributes I’ve uncovered at this crossroads. Each image is a physical manifestation of some facet of my exploration. By painting, sewing, collecting and constructing all of the elements of the final image, I create a work that is uniquely mine and mine to determine. This control stands in contrast to the vulnerability I feel standing in front of the camera. Ultimately, it’s the balance between the two that interests me most.
All images and text © Jackie Heitchue
By Jackie Heitchue
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