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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Elizabeth Freedman

SPE Member since 2016
Member Chapter: West

2017 W/SW Juried Exhibition Application Portfolio

"Still, Mother" was born from the memories embedded in found objects I collected from home yard sales. I became fascinated by how a physical object can reference both cycles of time and the desires, values, and fantasies of families throughout time. Energized by the memories stored in these items and the allegorical potential they carried, I constructed staged narratives inspired by my own experience as a daughter. The potential for memory to be intergenerational and interpersonal is at the essence of what I investigate as a student artist. During the creation of this series I began seeking out and photographing home living publications from the early 50s, the decade my grandmother became a wife and mother. I sought after the publications I recalled seeing on her coffee table when I was a child, analyzing them deeply to gain a sense of how they may have influenced her identity as a recent immigrant, wife, and new mother. This search led to the completion of this series and more importantly the realization that the memories I feel most intimate with are frequently not my own, but those of the women who raised me. I believe these threads of connected experiences, intricately woven together, curated my sense of self. Working with analog processes to construct still life, shadow, reflection, and fragmentation, I explore the transmission of memory from one generation to another.


Still, Mother

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Mom's Haircut

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