“The photo collages represent the end of a tangible moment. When an experience is over, all we have is illusionary and false memories, reflecting a constant yearning for the past. The way we remember moments are often idealized, or warped in a beautiful way. Often, feelings, colours and emotions are remembered more than the physical. I used my personal experiences with memories to deconstruct my old family photographs, and create a new, idealized, and illusionary moments. Each image evokes a certain mood and emotion encased in a memory- whether it is an eerie memory that you can’t quite put back together, or a dreamy, fantastical moment never to be forgotten.
The series tells a fragmented story of different emotions, moods, and moments that translates these foreign family photographs into something familiar and thought provoking. The fragmented qualities of the images mimic the constructive and illusionary processes that our minds use in remembering a specific moment of our past. The images weave together both truth (the tangible photographs) and illusions (the distortions and fragments) to create a sense of uncanny memory.”
by Monika Traikov