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

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Lynne' Cravens

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: South Central


Merging examines the close connection between my husband and myself. It is difficult to know where one person ends and the other begins. There is also a struggle that occurs in trying to fully know and understand the other person in the relationship. The only way to feel fully united to the other person would be to physically merge together. This series portrays the frustration and attempts at merging two people into one consciousness.

Merging deals with the most real relationship in my life, my relationship with my husband, Grayson. I have historically chosen to portray lost, past, or fictional memories in my work; however I have never attempted to artistically explore the current and real relationship I share with Grayson. As we approach a major milestone in our relationship, I find myself reflecting back on our past; but also thinking about how our relationship has evolved. I am constantly reminded of the daily struggle to fully know him, however, at the same time feeling fully synchronized as one. This connection is what I am interested in capturing.

This series of images was produced by photographing Grayson, myself, and our environment. The images are paired together based on visual cohesion and our personal experiences. The two images blend together to form one piece. This blending of imagery mimics our emotional entanglement, as well as the complications of two beings forming into one.

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