NSCAD Graduation Catalogue

2016

Kaitlin Brooks

BFA Photography

Minor in Art History

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21 Years
For my project ’21 years’ I explored photos that are a yearly tradition among school children. The yearly school photo that helps parents and family alike keep photographic proof of how much you have changed over the course of a year, or twelve. Myself having now graduated in 2016, have been in the schooling system for 21 years.
Personally I enjoy working with the ideas within memory, a lot of my work focuses on things I remember, or the things I already know. Projects from my youth up until now have dealt with different types of memory, forced or  not. I like to deal with memory as a strong theme in my work because I tend to not have many memories of my youth, until prompted and reminded by family.
I had taken numerous school photos and transferred them into a cross-stitch generator. Every pattern contained fifty different colour and is roughly all three inches by three inches.  Every so often a high-resolution scan had been taken of both the fronts and backs of each stitching, this not only documents progress but also provides an interesting aesthetic look.
The piece i decided to display is of my graduation photo from high school back in 2008. None of my cross stitches were completed, representing the fact that not everything from that year could be recalled. Even though it was only 2008 there are many things I do not remember. Displaying the front, the back and a close up of the stitching combines a complete look at one of the many stitches created for the project.

Circle Circle Slide
Circle Circle Slide was created out of the guidelines given for the Fall APC 2015 group show that happened in December of the same year. Personally I enjoy working with the ideas within memory, a lot of my work focuses on things I remember, or the things I already know. Projects from my youth up until now have dealt with different types of memory, forced or not. I like to deal with memory as a strong theme in my work because I tend to not have many memories of my youth, until prompted and reminded by family. Much of my work especially within my second year at NSCAD focused on growing up and the nostalgia of wanting to do the same things you did as a kid, while an adult.
Playgrounds tend to be an activity that adults do not engage in, unless they are with a child. There is a faux pas n being a twenty six year old adult going down a slide by herself with no children around. When was it that playgrounds were no longer your hang out, and when did playing pretend become so hard? The print is black and white with a brightly coloured yellow circle in the middle, bringing forward the ideas that even though one may not go to the playground every day now, the fond memories are going to stick with you every time you see that slide or swing.

Playgrounds tend to be an activity that adults do not engage in, unless they are with a child. There is a faux pas n being a twenty six year old adult going down a slide by herself with no children around. When was it that playgrounds were no longer your hang out, and when did playing pretend become so hard? The print is black and white with a brightly coloured yellow circle in the middle, bringing forward the ideas that even though one may not go to the playground every day now, the fond memories are going to stick with you every time you see that slide or swing.

 

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