A selection from the artist’s statement:
I grew up on the Southern California beaches. As a native, I know the beaches hold secrets outsiders are not aware of. Life is very different from the one portrayed in sunny postcards. Sometimes tragic, violent things happen on otherwise idyllic shorelines. Beach culture is as stringent as that of a corporate office. The way you speak, the texture and color of your hair, if you surf or play volleyball, or if you are a lifeguard, all determine your place in the pecking order of social acceptance. Curious to see how decades of time can change the landscape of secrets and memories, I revisited and photographed the beaches of my childhood. I forcing myself to relive memories, I found they can be accepted, rejected, or altered. June Gloom is a series of postcards with a message on the back from a childhood memory. A stamp certifies whether, as an adult, I have accepted, rejected, or altered the memory.
Porter Butts Gallery, UW Memorial Union
800 Langdon St.