The population is ever growing within families. As the number grows in mine, the curiosity of comparing features and finding similarities in characteristics is a hot topic at gatherings. These conversations provoke the thought of how our strong differences make us so similar.
I’ve had the blessing of knowing what my ancestors look like because my mother is a genealogist. She has collected stories, documents, photos, and relics. I’ve inherited her love of family history.
So in honor of my mother, who has given me her forename, I have constructed a celebratory, installation piece. I find that the women of my family are strong and powerful individuals, so I wanted to show a combined portrait compositing and restoring photos of the matriarchal women of my family. This is to demonstrate the nature of genetics and the evolution of facial features.
The portraits are digitally printed onto silk charmeuse, a gauzy like material, so that the negative and white space is translucent enough to layer on top of one another. This allows the faces to blend together to form the average female face of my family. Our faces printed on this thin fabric represents the layers of skin that makes our bodies tough—thick skinned.