I was 18 in 1972 when my parents died. Left alone I remained living in my family home surrounded by their clothing, furniture, letters, and religious icons – the objects of their lives.
Decades after they died I visited my mother’s homestead in Ireland. I decided to stay and photograph.
Through this project, I explore feelings of loss and bereavement through rummaging and ruminating in the left behind homes of others. The photographs speak in a steady intonation of Ireland’s history – of the emigration and extinguishment of the Irish people that has left an imprint on the souls left behind – but also my own.
In the end, I found an intimacy with my past in the abandoned homes of strangers' an ocean away. I work from within using my personal experiences as a foundation in which to produce photographs that translate the durability of time in a transient world.
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