Family Matters incorporates memory, metaphor and allegory to express the challenges, burdens and joys of my role as daughter, and now caretaker, of my elderly parents. My mother and father recently faced a daunting move into assisted living; they are struggling after a series of strokes, memory loss and the decline of their cognitive abilities.
After moving my 86 year-old father and my 91 year-old mother into an assisted living apartment, I began organizing the contents of their home. When they left, they walked out the front door of their home of 36 years, with barely a glance behind them, leaving unopened mail on the table, and me behind, to sort through the chaos. Over the months, I returned to make the final selection of which treasures I would keep, and to tie up all the loose ends before putting the home on the market.
Family Matters uses objects from their home, and my childhood, staged as still lifes, to illustrate the story of our relationship. Using childhood possessions, and simple items that have been in the family for years, I create tableaus that hint at complicated family dynamics. The presentation of these objects is not merely a catalog of possessions, but a catalog of feelings; of pain and disappointment, hope, loss and burden.
- Jane Szabo
I am a multi-disciplinary visual artist focusing on conceptual photography. My photographic work incorporates aspects of performance, sculpture, installation and constructions. Using conceptual self-portraiture as a vehicle to share stories from my life, I make work that merges my love for fabrication and materials, with my visions and ideas in conceptual photography. My imagery is often infused with humor and wonder, ingredients that draw the viewer in, inviting them to linger and to have a dialogue with the work, and themselves.
Jane Szabo is a Los Angeles based photographer with an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Museum of Art & History (MOAH) in Lancaster, CA, the Yuma Fine Art Center in Yuma, Arizona and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA). Her photography has also been included in exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art, the Griffin Museum of Photography, The Colorado Center for Photographic Arts, San Diego Art Institute, Los Angeles Center for Photography, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, and the 2015 Kaohsiung International Photographer Exhibition in Taiwan.