Sunday Dinner; Archival Digital Print; 20" x 20"
“No Memory is Ever Alone” is a visual conversation between my dad and I. He used to bring out a box of slides that he photographed in his 20s every Christmas and made us view them on an old projector on our living room wall telling the same stories every year. It was a consistent memory from a childhood where we moved a lot and I never felt like I had a steady “place” to live and create memories.
I realized that by placing the slides in my current landscape, I created not only a connection between his life and mine, but a trail of memories, each that had its own association for both of us. I feel like the spirits of our loved ones are all around us and these little vignettes of family life in my current “space” comforts me that they are still near, watching over me.
I did not want to Photoshop that connection. Part of the process that was necessary for me was to find the right location and feel my dad’s slides united with how I live today – a place within a place, a memory within a memory.
About the Artist
Catherine Panebianco was born in British Columbia, Canada and currently lives in Jamestown, NY. Her photography has been exhibited both in the U.S. and internationally. Her work was a finalist in the Soho Photo Gallery’s Portfolio Competition in New York City, a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass Competition and a runner-up in the 10th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. Her photography has been shown at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Soho Photo Gallery, the Center for Fine Art Photography and the Erie Art Museum in addition to many other venues. Catherine’s work has also been in numerous publications and she teaches fine art iPhone photography workshops.