I initially started these as a way to feel closer to my mom, someone who worked as a house cleaner for most of her life. Cleaning was an obsession for her. It was a way to exert control on a world that had proved chaotic and unpredictable. Cleaning had always been a point of tension between us with me never quite understanding why she devoted so much time and importance to it. These started as temporary drawings, where I would spill ink and then wipe it away with paper towels and bleach. I liked how the wet ink reflected my studio and window, folding in the domestic environment that my mom had dominated. I started photographing the drawings to capture this effect and decided to have them exist as photographs for their final form.


digital print