Imaginary Friends

2020

Whether it be discarded vintage photos or a recent selfie, adding “Imaginary Friends” breathes strange new life into these every day images. I enjoy rummaging through thrift stores and antique shops, and often come across stacks of old family photos, and feel a bit sad about them ending up in landfill. By adding creatures and turning them into a piece of art, they’re given new purpose on a collector’s wall to be appreciated. Calling these pieces “Imaginary Friends” plays on a few levels: The nostalgia of childhood companions that only you can see and the worlds you created together. And when you’re an adult, how we often have different imagined companions that may haunt us as we go about our mundane lives. Past traumas, lost loves and mental health struggles all can play a part.

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