Within my artistic practice, I layer my writing, photographs and family records to construct narratives that play between fact and fiction or history and myth. The bulk of my work is centered around a family curse that serves as the hypothetical root cause of generational trauma. In reality the disproportionate illnesses and untimely deaths that have historically plagued my extended family have no single origin. Instead it is, perhaps, an unfortunate combination of years of local improper management of hazardous wastes and their removal, of rural pesticide pollution, of illness, of lack of access to healthcare, and of systemic poverty that does not allow upward mobility. We are communities outmatched against irresponsible governments and industries who care little for our wellbeing. Within the narrative of my work this generational trauma comes from a family curse, the curse is a metaphor for our position.
A Louisiana Native, Tamrin received her BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Currently she resides in Tucson, Arizona and is an MFA Candidate in the photography program at University of Arizona. A writer and photographer, Tamrin’s work incorporates large format photographs, text, and familial records that explore themes of generational memory and familial trauma. Primarily photographing in the traditional mode of landscape photography, Tamrin’s work also addresses the environmental impact of rural pesticide pollution throughout the Cotton Belt and Cancer Alley. You can view more of her work here.