Proverbial Expression’s - My Life Hacks
My self-portrait series is an exploration of my upbringing and the memories from conversations and small handwritten notes left by my grandmother who used oral traditions or proverbial expressions to communicate guidance and insight that turned into my life hacks.
At its basic level a proverbial expression are oral traditions or a saying summarizing a culturally recognized truth, repeated until it is recognized as traditional. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these photos reference memories of my grandmothers’ teachings through long talks and handwritten notes she would leave about life. The proverbs that were spoken to me repeatedly are like my life hack to help me as I navigate life’s challenges.
My self-portraits are composed photographs that are a combination of objects and the use of expressive gestures and low-key lighting as many of the times the proverbial expressions were referenced were during times of uncertainty and lack of clarity as I journeyed through life’s experiences. These compositions are to arouse the mood and my interpretation of old proverbial expressions and hand written notes that derived from those conversations over a cup of coffee with my grandmother from a little boy until she passed away.
As Kimberley Lau stated in her book “What Goes Around Comes Around: The Circulation of Proverbs in Contemporary Life”