Transference: Mom & Dad

photography, performance video, essay (excerpt)

40x30 in. each, 4x5 film, video (2:46)

I began with an interest in the intimacy of kissing and why people kiss.  As I began making images about the gesture of kissing, I came to focus on my first kiss, which was with my parents.  I considered how kissing my parents changed from childhood to adolescence into adulthood and I wondered how it would be to revisit kissing them.  How would I feel kissing my parents repeatedly, how would my parents feel being kissed repeatedly by their adult child, and what would it evoke in the viewer?  Lipstick provided the residual markings that began to overwhelm my parents’ faces.  Numerous reads revealed themselves from the resulting images.

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