Like the tide, identity has an ebb and flow. It pauses for a time then changes course; perhaps generating a wave or even a riptide. Over a human lifetime, a person may take on multiple identities such as child, spouse, friend, empty-nester, or caregiver. Identities are performed as needed, and will shift over time. An identity transition may cause a feeling of loss or longing for past times or comforting spaces.
My work illustrates transitioning identities of people and communities through photographic portraiture. I investigate memory, place, and time by returning to past family photo albums in search of clues to the foundations of self or community identity. Vernacular photographs are projected into current or past spaces in order to construct a deeper narrative of the new identity through portraiture.
As portraiture often becomes a performance in front of the camera, these new portraits explore the performance of Self and the possibility of resolving an identity shift, with a realization that the past informs our identity but does not define it.
~~Lisa M. Sibley