My Mother's Eyes, My Father's Hands and Hair
 
   
  1999 / pigment prints / 53.5 cm x 41cm each / edition of 5
   
 

On the left side is a portrait of the artist, but with her mother's eyes. On the right, the artist's hands and hair have been replaced with her father's hands and hair. These were the physical characteristics often noted by others as having been passed down to the artist from her parents.


   
 

Retouching History

 
 

  with my mother
   
   
 
   
  with my grandparents
   
   
 

In Retouching History Stenram uses her family album as her source material. After selecting the photographs to rework, new photographs were staged so that they would be able to fuse with older photographs from the family album. In some instances, Stenram was digitally inserted into the older image and in other cases elements and people were pulled from the family album into the new shots. Stenram’s family history is in this way constructed, condensed and rearranged. ‘Retouching History’ is an exploration of a basic fantasy: what would it be like to be the same age as our parents? Would we like each other or fall out?

Retouching History exists in two formats: as a limited edition hand made album containing a total of 17 photographs, and as a slide/audio installation showing 16 of the images.

 
   
   
 
   
  with my grandparents, uncle and mother
   
   
 
   
  with my mother and ?
   
   
 
   
  with my mother
   
   
 
   
  with my mother
   
   
 
   
  with my parents
   
   
 
   
  with my mother and ?
   
   
 
   
  with my father and big brother
   
   
 
   
  with my big brother
   
   
 
   
  with my big sister
   
   
 
   
  with my mother
   
   
 
   
  with my big bother and big sister