This has been a highly personal project - one I feel has opened old wounds, but helped me deal with certain afflictions quite methodically.
This composite is based on the personal mental construct of my younger brother, Alastair, who died the day he was born. It was a tragedy which could not be properly morned, as we were a young and busy family, and had been through a similar situation a few years earlier.
I got to speaking with family members and realized that I wasn’t the only one who was haunted by his absence. Surfacing issues around never meeting someone related directly by blood, combined with our family’s Christian perspective, resulted in some interesting conversations (especially with my sister, Emalie).
In order to create an image of my brother, I started with my own form and merged in the face of a man I consider a brother - Ian Parker.
Although there will always be baggage around the issue, we have to press on with our lives. This, therefore, is a tribute to Alastair. I’m sure I’ll meet him when Heaven comes to Earth, and I can’t wait. I’m also looking forward to punching him for all the trouble he’s caused.