My images serve as photographic reliquaries. Personal tokens from a lost family member are placed in a large container and frozen, layer by layer.
The first layer is rock taken from the place I knew them.
The second is indigenous plant matter, followed by a row of bird and flower seed.
The fourth band is thick with torn photographs of family and friends.
Subsequent layers are personal memorabilia... jewelry, birth and death announcements, report cards and ephemera.
Once fully frozen the icebound form is removed from its receptacle and photographed as it slowly melts, revealing the gifts and keepsakes within.
The images I choose to present document my process while preserving significant memories forever.
Kathleen Gerdon Archer
Kathleen Gerdon Archer is a Painter/Photographer and the former owner of White Bird Gallery at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, Ma.
The artist is a member of many arts organizations including;
Kingston Gallery, Boston
The Goetemann Artist Residency, Program Director
The Rocky Neck Art Colony, Trustee
Ten Webster Street Artists Salon
Archer is an honors graduate of Montserrat College of Art with a BA in Painting, which has a profound influence on her photographic work. Archer’s work has been featured in international and regional shows including ACRV Italy, The Kingston Gallery Boston, The Danforth Museum, The Carney Gallery at Regis College and the Griffin Museum of Photography. She was also selected as a finalist for Photolucida’s Critical Mass awards.