Can I Grieve That Which Never Was? is a series of seventeen photo-collages organized in a photo album. The photos are archival images of my childhood with my adoptive family; where I cut my image out of the photograph, and placed on top of archival images of my biological family from the same time period. While creating the collages, I did a deep dive internally, delving into my fantasies of what my life could have been like had I not been relinquished. The collages evoke a strange nostalgia and feelings of loss while questioning the idea of family.
archival photographs, vellum, photo album
each collage is 8 x 10 inches