FADE LIKE A SIGH (in collaboration with Rana Young)
Conversation often begins with a question much in the same way art-making does. Words possess the potential to better know one another; the visual possesses knowledge to understand constructs both abstract and concrete, past and present. Each endeavor is a call in search of a response, but the response from the visual becomes more obscure as what we see creates a gap between what we do know and what we think we know. The question posed here between artists is: what do you remember?
My mom would sometimes tell me, “You have your father’s charm.” When she said this, she wasn’t paying me compliment, the words felt fatalistic. I remember the sound of his voice: gravelly and deep. I could listen to him talk for hours on end, there was a comfort there…perhaps he had worked his charm on me.
I’ve been told since I was a little girl that I have her eyes, her skin, her dark hair. I see myself when I look at pictures of her. I used to buy myself roses and lilies, the flowers she had chosen for their wedding. My dad said that she didn’t have it in her to be a mother; she was lonely, the type of lonely that company can’t fix.
While in MFA residency at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, studio-mates Zora J Murff and Rana Young individually began mining their own family history. The images in Fade Like a Sigh reflects their dialogues of a shared experience; collectively exploring the void left by an absent parent.
This collaboration is on-going. To see more of Rana’s work please visit her website.