My work explores the concepts of memory, loss and time. My current body of work, Under the Oval, combines portraits of deceased loved ones with botanicals using the lumen printing process. Using sheets of unexposed, black-and-white photo paper, I create images by exposing the paper to the sun while objects are placed on top. I choose to leave the prints unfixed, meaning they remain sensitive to light. The patterns created with the plants and flowers mimic traditional historic frame designs, such as those you would see holding a historic family or wedding portrait. The significance of the materials reflects my relationship with the person in the photo. Over time, these images of my departed loved ones will slowly become over-exposed, fading to a ghost image. Like a memory shifting and changing over time, I feel the emotions of loss in the remnants of the photo.