Call Me By My Familiar Name (2021)Category: Photographic Art
Giclée print in Aluminum float frames
Inspired by Anna Atkins’ interest in scientific documentation of flora from the British Isles and the memorial poem ‘Death is nothing at all’ by Henry Scott-Holland, Kate wanted to use the ephemerality of cut flowers to create still-life vanitas photographs.
Using stems from memorial flowers received after a personal bereavement, Call Me By My Familiar Name is a series of digital montages that immortalise arrangements of floral tributes destined to perish, where the act of photographing these ephemeral blooms keeps them alive forever. The final montages replicate the shape and textures of these flowers reflecting Atkins’ scientific precision and purpose, whilst referencing photography’s familiar purpose of documenting the everyday for memory keeping.