Margo Duvall

We’ve had a lot of beautiful installations in the gallery windows and I’m excited to put more amazing work by Margo Duvall in them. Margo has been perfecting and perfecting her photo transfers on different mediums and I’m thrilled to showcase her work which uses lights and the fantastic sunlight that comes into Hijink’s windows.

Margo investigates the role of photography as a means of documentation for moments that have passed, on both personal and historical levels. Photographs, however, also provide us with a false sense of security. Time moves on, photographs fade, people die, and memory deteriorates. Duvall’s delicate installation both reference the fragile and time sensitive elements of memory and photography’s role in this process.

Margo Duvall: We take pictures because we want to remember. We want to remember what someone looked like, our first day of school, our parents, and other significant moments, people, and events in our lives. We want to preserve the moments we fear will inevitably grow dim. We want to be remembered after we die, and photography serves us as a form of immortality.

Photographs provide us with proof that something once happened. They serve as documents for moments that have passed, on both personal and historical levels. But they also provide us with a false sense of security. Time moves on, photographs fade, people die, and memory deteriorates.

My interest in the role photography plays in our memory came about in a box at an antique store. There, I pieced together moments of a man’s life from his childhood through his elder years. Snapshots have become the residue, the evidence of our experiences. How does something so valuable, so representative of a person’s life, wind up as a commodity for sale in an antique store?

This work is an attempt to sustain the fleeting moments of families and lives. My desire to preserve photographs as memory in an unchanging state is symbolized by the selection of the materials used to encase them. The transparent medium simultaneously protects the image and retains a sense of memory within itself- acting as a skin containing and encompassing traces of where it has been. It holds information, immersed beneath the surface, which can be seen upon inspection. This acts much like our memories, in that the clues are there, but they are not always recognizable or understandable.

The images in this show are fragments in time. They become layered, obscured, and complicated by association with other moments. The invitation is open for the viewer to encounter these memories, discern the histories, create their own narratives, and be inspired to stimulate their own memory.

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