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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Hannah Cooper McCauley

SPE Member since 2012
Member Chapter: South Central

A Singular Sense of Urgency

My life has often felt like one long string of layovers. Because my father is a Baptist minister, my family moved all across the sister states of Mississippi and Alabama from the time I was born and well into college. Because of this, I developed a bemusing mixture of loneliness and imagination. I grew up believing in the fantastic and the probability of miracles. I learned at an early age to accept the things I could not understand, and I feel this has long influenced the method and construction of my imagery.

Because the notion of transition has routinely steered my life from childhood onward, I am fascinated by the many forms it takes even now, as I examine my new identity as lover, wife, and possible mother.

This ongoing body of work explores the connection I maintain with the temporary. I often feel a combination of frustration and kinship with this facet of my life, and it has invariably instilled a consistent need to both go back through, and move forward into experiences. I make photographs as a way to interpret this desire and investigate my relationship with the ephemeral. Through investigation of family history, mythology, and the notion of memory as interpretation, I aim to demystify my past and fill the void where specific memories were never created, satisfying this curiosity with the opacity of a photograph.

The Drowning Dream

The Other Mother

The House on the Meadow

The Growing Pain

The Vision

The Red Sea

The Harvest

The Return

The Birthday

The Awakening

The Forest of Zachary

The Secret

The Sweet Tooth

The Golden Dream

The Twenty Year Dream

The Detachment

The Floating Dream

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