my mother, myself, my daughter
We consider the ages of 7, 17, 35, 50 and 70 years of age. I chose these ages because I wanted all of us to be able to relate some memory. It was made one year ago when my daughter was 17, I was 50 and my mother was 70. What became evident upon listening to these stories is how inevitably there is an element of construction with memories depending on which parts we recall.
What is revealed with my mother, myself and my daughter is a strong shift in the concept of self, gender stereotypes and sense of what we see for ourselves and how these have changed over the three generations of women living in Melbourne, Australia.
The triptych is shot using two iPhones placed side by side to produce a split screen. Any movement in the video is a natural response to breathing and unsteady hand holding of the small recorders.
We, the subjects, gaze at our reflected (mirrored) selves whilst undertaking the ritual of applying makeup and telling our story. I chose the concept of applying makeup as it takes us from our private selves to our public selves. The viewer sees the subjects transform from the natural through to the made up. I see the split, mirrored and projected self as parts of the multiple selves we inevitably present to the world.