I use the phantom limb syndrome as metaphor to explore my experience of home, family and relationships.
This syndrome happens when we lose part of our body. An arm or leg, and we continue to feel sensations as though the missing limb were still there. In the same way when people go missing, for a time it’s as though they are still here. We experience physical sensations that are totally real in our brain centers. These alternate between pain and pleasure so that often, we can’t distinguish one from the other. Over time, the differences merge into layers of ambiguity. Eventually they fade into memory.
This time that passes, we think of it as linear; hours to days, weeks to months, years. But in Fractured Phantoms, time collapses on itself. These are like spiral staircases conflated as image moments; past, present and future layered together in sensory impressions that have not yet healed. They are not real in order to become even more real; Baudrillard simulacra.
The first 14 images from this project were published in the Paris-based fine art photography journal L’Oeil de la Photographie. As well at this writing, Fractured Phantom is showing in a group at the Photoplace Gallery (scroll down). Meantime, the work has grown to 28 images as it nears completion. You can see them all here.