You Have Nothing to Worry About
Spitz, Melissa Audrey
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Photography
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Photography
Includes bibliographical references (p.35-36).
The body of work, You Have Nothing to Worry About, is a photographic narrative following the life of my mother, Deborah Adams, who suffers from mental illness and addiction. Both are epidemic in the United States, and my mother has consistently been over-medicated. My initial intent for this body of work was to acknowledge a family history of abuse. By viewing and apprehending these moments of chaos through my viewfinder, I have been able to capture my mother’s behavior and a reflection of my own emotions toward the situation. The work defines photography as a conversation. It is a heteroglossic relationship between me, the operator of the camera, and my mother, the subject. The diaristic documents of our personal relationship create consistency and some degree of understanding out of chaos.
CHAIR: Kuhla, Jenny
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