Depart was made in the wake of my grandmother’s death in 2012, which was almost a year after my grandfather’s. Leading up to his death, he began a process of disposing of his belongings – a task that the family would continue after he died, as well as my grandmother’s possessions when she ‘joined’ him. Before the process of dividing and disposing of their things began in earnest, I used still photography, video and sound recording as a means to come to terms with my loss and contemplate the impact that they, and their home, had upon my life.
This work considers a space that resonated with me on a highly personal level, and documents items that relate to specific memories and more symbolic interpretations of my experience of them as individuals and their life together. Embracing both the vanitas still life tradition and the potential for stillness within the moving image, Depart attempts to reflect upon themes of material wealth; existence and absence; and the inexorable nature of life that confront us at times of bereavement.