Erika Morillo

 

www.erikamorillo.com

 

$250 Honorable Mention - Anything Art Grant Winner

 

 

I envision utilizing this grant to make a photobook of my photographic project "Umbral". In Spanish, Umbral means gateway, a portal, the first step towards something. As I witness my son’s childhood, I often see him in that in-between space, drifting in and out of reality and the places I have imagined for him. Becoming a single mother at a young age proved frightening to me, and not for the obvious reasons. I felt a huge responsibility to create a nurturing childhood for him, different from the dysfunctional one I had lived. With these images I wanted to intervene, to somehow create a magical space that could lessen his generational baggage. With this project I aim to explore both my fantasies of what childhood should be and the freedom my son needs to live his own reality.

I have been working on this project for the past six years and will continue photographing my son (who is currently 9 years old) for another year or two. As my son grows up, I see the work reaching its completion, since for me these images are about childhood. I intend to keep developing this project further until it becomes a cohesive body of work that captures the different stages of my son’s childhood and its various emotional landscapes. I envision this work completed as a photo book; I believe the format of the photo book is essential for this work, given the fact that many times I live and I forget. My recollections are fragile and the images that do remain in my psyche often feel like fragments of a dream, scenes I begin to wonder if were real or imagined. This is what moves to take these pictures. I utilize photography as a tool to preserve memory and to understand the emotional environment I live in.

 
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Title - Amaru in My Room

Year - February 14 2016

 Art Medium - Photography

Title - Dandelion Dreams

Year - January 10 2015

 Art Medium - Photography

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Title - Dandelion Dreams

Year - January 10 2015

 Art Medium - Photography