Geraldine Duhau

What She Left Behind, 2017

When I was 9 years old, I lost mother to cancer. Responding to this loss, my work, What She Left Behind (2017), consists of photographs of my mother’s most treasured possessions. Through this, I have explored my emotional responses to these objects and their transformed meaning. Her rings, once thought of as everyday, inanimate objects, are now part of an artwork that explains my mother’s life. Additionally, I have combined the images of her jewellery with images of the past. By reworking my family archive, I attempt to reconnect our past with the present. Within the family photographs, I have concealed the image of my mother in an effort to prevent the audience from identifying between the healthy or sick versions of her, which are being paradoxically denied and presented.