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A Garden of Illuminating Existence

A Garden of Illuminating Existence

The images in ‘A Garden of Illuminating Existence’ were inspired by my grandparents’ lives and the story of their marriage. I wanted to trace the different branches of my grandparents’ – my family’s – journey, to find out where they had come from, where they had been. And so I sought out the crumpled leaves of faded photographs and old pictures hidden in dusty boxes in the attic. I found a way of re-imagining and commemorating my grandmother’s painful final years battling womb cancer.

The reincarnation
Meeting the shadow of death
Six feet under