The complexities of passing stems beyond the physical presentation of self, and takes root in the location of which it is demanded. Locations determine and force passing; putting acceptance on actions and behaviors in certain spaces. Nella Larson’s text gives a precursor to the work, placing it in context, confirming a lasting existence, and promising that this passing, is not an individual act. Larson gives insight that passing is not just in this location, but in the past ones too. It requires a certain history to remain silent, certain affiliations to be broken.
I have placed the average tonal value of the Locations, on my family portraits. By placing my passing on my history, the history is erased which becomes one of the processes of passing. The audience can see that this history exists, but they cannot make out the scenes or faces. This becomes a limbo area, where my family history is acknowledged, but not seen, calling into question my passing.