In Boys Will Be Men: Masculinity in Troubled Times, Richard Hawley wrote: “Every infant boy fears and resents his father and would like to eliminate him. The fear and hostility felt for the father are expressed in a cathartic “identification” with him. In the Freudian scheme, a child’s assumption of psychological masculinity is an impostor, motivated by unbearable dread. As junior is recognized as a chip off the old block – the identification with the boy’s father, or some father figure, becomes locked into his mature personality.” Status Unknown is an exploration of how my personality and sense of identity have been influenced by a father I never knew, and a stepfather that I am just now taking the time to know.
Exactly As It Should Be
There are many moments from youth that I long to remember, that I have a true sense of loss over. These memories are often imagined, shaped by a sense of what I wish childhood were like. This body of work reconciles the vagaries of memory, and the uncertainty of looking, with our need to make narrative sense of the world around us. Centered around the intersecting themes of memory and identity, Exactly As It Should Be questions whether one can fill in the gaps of their past by documenting the present.