These images are part of a work-in-progress series named Relics. They are of a biographical/allegorical nature about my childhood on a farm in rural New Hampshire. Each representation of an animal that my family had is attached to a poignant event or emotion I felt as a child that I feel has indelibly shaped my character, for good and for bad. I was very solitary and our animals were either my closest friends, or barriers to what I had considered what was a normal life. Our home life was a spectacle and I was in a constant struggle for normalcy, or failing that, invisibility. These images range in topic from childhood innocence and imagination to the desperate longing and wishing for just a completely different life. They are inspired by natural history and the cataloging of specimens/memories.
The negatives are made by creating a drawing of each animal body. I then trace the parts onto tracing paper, cut out the different components, and then glue each back together to create a sort of hand-made negative of varying densities. Once the negative is complete I contact print onto paper treated with my own mixture of cyanotype.