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, Gillian was raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco. She ventured east for college, majoring in architecture at Princeton. After graduating with honors in 2004, she moved to New York and dove into photography, assisting in both the fashion and fine art worlds for several years. In 2011, she returned to the West Coast to focus on her own work. Her predominantly photographic practice revolves around notions of time travel, loss and longing. She is a regular contributor to the online quarterly Works & Days and a recent recipient of a Magnum Foundation grant. She is currently pursuing an MFA at California College of the Arts. She lives and works in San Francisco.