There was a single moment of near contact with my father when I was 7 years old; as his hand suddenly reached through the letterbox of my mother's front door. He died 8 years after this brief encounter took place. It would be another decade until I would learn of his death, from the mouth of my grandmother as we wandered through the aisles of our local supermarket.
Over the proceeding years, discovering information about my father proved near impossible, with family members only revealing fragments of who he might have been and what he might have been like. In an attempt to uncover this immaterial man I collaborate with clairvoyants to trace an impression of my estranged father. The information gathered is translated within a visual framework where psychic drawings, automated writing and attempts to communicate with my farther are integrated.
This practice explores the notion of perspective and what forms where there is an absence of evidence and control over personal circumstance, in both the search for truth and the constructed truth itself. All characters involved provide subjective, self-serving and contradictory versions of the same narrative, developing a fractured story that is constructed in co-creation with the clairvoyants involved.
With this, the methodology of working with clairvoyance and photography develops an opportunity to manifest the immaterial and to utilise the photographic ability to transcribe history, allowing one to materialise and communicate what is absent and invisible.
I continue to delve into the concept that the “medium is the message”, which permits me to transcend the desire to have contact with a father that I can never physically meet. Simultaneously, this methodology permits me to develop new ways to navigate and control an uncertain history, where findings are rooted in both fact and fiction, revealing a reimagined landscape that enables me to construct a sacred yet lost relationship.