Ellen is an ongoing series based on my absence to genetically connect with my Mother. Being adopted and not knowing my birth family there is a missing piece to my puzzle. Through photo transfers I want to find a connection between my two mothers and me. I use organic materials in the beginning such as wood and flowers. Then I move onto materialistic items such as jewelry and domestic objects. This shows the transition between my family roots to my current relationship now. My work stems from loving who I am and my family, but always wanting to look like my mom. I’m always curious to know what hereditary attributes I will inherit and weather I can make these resemblances in my work to compensate for what is genetically unknown. Being adopted I’ve never felt unloved, or it wasn’t enough, but I felt inclined to know who I am, and that there is more to me then I will ever know.
I may never share the same blood as my mother, but we share the same heart. I believe being chosen ignites my ambition for this curiosity even more. My mother went through hell and back to choose and adopt me. That gives us a bond that’s stronger than genetics. My final piece reflects on a necklace I made to create my own family heirloom. Crafting this jewelry lets me embark on my own traditions, allowing me to have a symbolic treasure for mine and my mother’s relationship.