This book revolves around my great-aunt's house in Wisconsin, which was designed by Gus A. Krasin and built under the supervision of my great-grandfather in 1914. In 2010, as my great-aunt neared the end of her life, the future of this house, which had been significant to the psyche of my extended family for nearly one hundred years, began to look uncertain. I turned to photography as a way of documenting and preserving that shared history.
As I unearthed buried objects found in drawers and dark closets throughout the house, I realized it was not only a documentary project but also a personal and artistic investigation of nostalgia and how we envision the past from the present perspective. How do we prepare for the passage of time and teach ourselves to remember the past? What do we leave behind by accident or on purpose?
This book is how one family left their memories to be found and how I chose to remember.
Born in the UK and raised in the Bay Area, Gillian attended Princeton University, where she majored in architecture and studied black & white and color photography. She recently moved back to the West Coast after six years in New York City. Predominantly photographing interiors and landscapes, she has an interest towards documenting the quiet mystery of everyday spaces, particularly those that are untouched or preserved in some way. Some of her subjects have included a Hotel Chelsea apartment, a tennis club on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Oregon coast. She also draws and makes collage in her spare time.