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Tyler + Martin | "Copyright 1983"
December 31, 2011
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Virginia Beach, VA
A note about the project:
"The second half of our life, codified by the establishment of a firm identity, is counterbalanced by the rapid and near-chaotic swirl of identities always threatening to unravel the first half. The wedding day is a significant demarcation in the life of an individual, pronouncing the threshold of identity chaos and maturity, and the desire of a couple to cross it together.
Underlying the disparate cultural connotations of the world's many unique wedding ceremonies is a common thread: community celebration, gathered in the love they share for the two about to marry. As each member of the community looks on, the couple's appearance is uniquely painted by their relationship. A neighbor sees the groom as a young boy playing the yard at age eight, a college friend forever sees a 21 year-old bride in a party dress. The couple standing at the altar should see themselves as a prism, refracting towards their audience images of "self" established from birth through their wedding day.
Were we each made as complete (and perhaps as sweet) as our wedding day layer cakes, it would be easy to see the composite of identities that have been associated with an individual from birth. It is said that the human body regenerates every seven years, and we shed these particles of identity with each atom. Former indentities are not layered onto our physical body, but reside in our minds and the memories of others. It is critical for a bride and groom to reflect upon each layer of their identity as they cross the threshold, and it is even more powerful if they share these layers with each other and their community.
In approaching our own wedding, Tyler and I felt compelled to unearth the collection of photographs and video recordings taken of us by our family from birth.
Taking each fragment and repeatedly organizing and reordering the pieces until we had a coherent system, resulted in a 28 minute multimedia collage, compiled and distilled from 6,000 photographs and 100+ hours of videotape, organized into 30 movements.
Each movement tells the story of a period of time or life theme. We chose to combine, within each movement, material from both of our lives to uncover the complexities of our intersections. It is our hope that our work is able to capture the many rays of our identity, and assemble a picture of ourselves as diverse as the loving community surrounding us."
The multimedia collage was shown in the Price Auditorium at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on our wedding day, December 31st, 2011.