C-Print and gold leaf mounted on Dibond
In “Stories”, I created a portrait of my father through the objects he left behind after he passed, questioning how our objects represent us, or how we form our sense of identity through them. I photographed still life arrangements using decades-old objects from my parents’ house in Paris. Many of these objects were broken but had been stored regardless of their condition. This series is a homage to my father, and it’s also a way to make sense of some of the junk he left behind -- junk that retains a great deal of history, emotion, and meaning. I purposely treated these old objects as sacred relics, by applying gold leaf directly onto the print, referring to the Pre-Renaissance Italian paintings where gold symbolizes the divine.