For 25 years, no one in the family knew where she lived until the day the telephone rang, December 27, 2007. It was my sister on the phone, saying our mother had died. My question was, where am I flying? Washington D.C., she said.
We had five days to handle death’s paperwork. Five days to bury her, to see the house where she lived, to empty it of her things. Five days in which I got to know her through her objects, her personal belongings. Five days of trying to capture what had happened there. To make sure I got it right, I took photographs, almost by instinct.
This work arose from my need to get out of that room where my mother met her death. This involved using images to construct a landscape where time doesn't exist. I started by retaking some of those photographs in her house, and then combined them with new photographs that allowed me to create a sort of timeless portal. A doorway onto the present to recover the past and allow that time to become now.
I tracked her bloodstains along the floor, the last marks she left in the world, following their path all the way back to me to discover the invisible thread that bound us together in spite of the distance. Then I cut the umbilical cord so that each of us could leave that room, that room where time had stopped, so I could continue my path in the present. This work offers a visual account of this process.