Home Is Where The Garden Grows

Erinn Springer

2018 - Ongoing

Wisconsin, United States

I remember my mom playing Für Elise on the basement piano. I remember tater tot hot-dish and monthly 4-H meetings. I remember my grandma’s mud-brown trailer, my uncle’s big dogs, and our horses thundering through the slanted afternoon sun… This was my childhood and now, as I watch my niece and nephew, I begin to see their narrative, an iteration of the same, yet vastly different story. Since losing their father to suicide, these images have become an account of loss and the nostalgia that reveals itself through a land that will eventually reclaim us all. In these images, we witness transformation that's both emotional and environmental: the detritus of a life claimed by depression, the inevitable grip of age, and the discoveries of children who know nothing of death and spirituality other than the nature they explore. This family portrait has become my way to grasp irreversible events, accept the notion of time, and attempt to understand life through the beauty and death that’s part of every living being.

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