Lump, Kendall Stephenson
Legs in Shadow, Digital offset, November 2020
Detail of Broken Glass, Digital offset, October 2020
Caught Daydreaming, Digital offset, March 2021
In March of 2020, at the onset of a global pandemic, my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In trying to make sense of surreal change and the uncertainty of being between two places – my family home in Victoria and my apartment across the country in Toronto – I found myself examining fragility, memory, trace and loss. Through photographing my childhood home, familial moments and daily routine, I worked to depict the tension of this experience by contrasting mundane domestic scenes with sharp and visceral imagery.
Lump is a body of work that explores stream of consciousness through visual narrative in the emotional landscape of life disrupted. The project functioned as a distraction and confrontation in piecing together the fragments of an indescribable year.