This body of work was produced from the idea of an imaginary daughter. Occupying a fictional persona disconcertingly close to my own, I produced a series of artifacts that hypothesize aspects of her identity and elements of a fatherhood narrative. Exhibiting my fascination with parenthood and my fantasies of a young daughter, I placed the viewer in a position of unsettling intimacy–contemplating the boundary and interrelationship between male and paternal desire.
I situate my body as a linking substrate throughout the project–as a remnant scent in the quilted shirts I used to wear, pressed against drawings and canvases in anatomical works, and located directly in the exhibition space through the Peek-A-Boo video, peering down at an empty baby carriage. On another level this project can be read as a reflection on studio production–as proud artist rather than proud father, I can be seen doting on the products of my hand. This project can be understood as a device for exploration–expanding a space of content around a generative idea–and implicating my self in everything that was made.
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