Using the mechanics of seriality, Crisis of Experience is the result of an eight year project exploring themes of self reflection and female identity.
In February 1979 I began taking Polaroid SX70 self-portraits on a daily basis to explore the idea of temporality and its measurement, but also to find a way to stay grounded as much of my life was unraveling. Months turned into years and I continued the ritualized documentation of self until November 1987.
Spontaneously deciding when and where to take the photo, arbitrarily choosing which exposure and focus to use, allowed me to integrate elements of randomness and chance in my creative practice. Only one image a day using a handheld camera could be created, regardless of the outcome. In an era of digital capture, the project also considers the materiality and legacy of the Polaroid medium that can never be replicated.