Materiality of Grief is a visual manifestation of loss following the artist’s grandfather’s death. With the use of autoethnography, the photobook reveals in the presence of things left behind, absence is found. The uncontrolled, exhaustively repeated action of solarization that she undertakes in the process of constructing the distorted images suggests the physical and emotional effects wrought by loss.
Critical to her images is the idea of the uncanny — the familiar made strange — suggesting the inability to comprehend the sudden loss of the body through focusing on the themes of impermanence, memory, and uncertainty, while also subtly referencing time’s passing. The weight of grief wrought by loss takes shape in Materiality of Grief, and the question of love after death for an individual without a religious belief system lingers for both the artist and her readers.