PROJECTS / Unfolded

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Unfolded

The project name, “Unfolded”, refers to the artist presenting herself to the viewer as she navigates life after the loss of her father. These are self exploratory portraits as the artist turns the camera on herself.

The folds in this set of images recall the folded pages, from magazines and newspapers her father kept during her time as a model and articles about her photography career. He would fold each one carefully to carry in his pocket and show to others back home in Toronto in various diners, shops and bars.

After his death, Erin explores what it’s like to present oneself without a parent or another person to reinforce our identity or position in the world.

For Jung, the persona is the social face an individual presents “a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual”. “Unfolded” addresses issues of identity, loss and how ones identity is linked to how we are viewed by others, particularly our parents, as a mirror in which we view ourselves.