Surrogate Parables (2012-Present) > I Want the One I Can't Have (2012-Present)

The ongoing project I Want the One I Can't Have (2012-Present) deals explicitly with how an image can be understood in relationship to photography and the preservation of memory. Taking my father's travel pictures as my subject, I convert his previously made landscapes into transparencies and use sunlight to expose them onto construction paper. After 1 weeks time an image appears as a result of the fading paper’s dye when exposed to UV light. When displayed, the image embedded in the dye continues to fade over time, corresponding to the changing conditions of human memory. These 'photographs' explore the possibilities of both the representations and the material that holds them, reflecting the unstable experience of passed time in relation to the preservative claims of technological imagery.