Over the past three years I have been working on capturing a series of images that celebrate our makers community of Tucson, Arizona. This passion-led project has born into a monograph that will be available for all this Fall.
In April 13, 2017 my definition of home changed forever. My brother passed away unexpectedly due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition. His passing from this life into what's next challenged me. It made me think about the life on this side of the grave, and long for what it could be on the other side. The grave became a passage that we will all walk through. It is the door.
I created a digital illustration of an ariel view of a graveside. I chose this perspective, that it might represent a doorway seen from a more common vantage point. The gravestone above acts as secondary marker that emphasizes this as a grave.
I shot the series of triptychs with the Deardorff 8x10 camera with Type 55 peel-apart film (expired).
The book format is the final representation of this art work. We scanned the series of images and created an accordion-folding folio, dosey-doe book format that is bound with a simple tipped-in slipcover. Depending on how the viewer engages the book whether starting at the The door - an exit, or The door - an entrance one views the ariel view of the grave as an open door or closed, and views the triptychs arranged in order of the series breaking down or coming back together. The book is hope filled or hopeless, depending on where the viewer enters in.
I spoke at CreativeMornings Tucson to launch this new work in 2019 and shared some of the backstory to its creation.
On January 13, 2016 our life was sent upside down with a diagnosis of cancer of our beloved eldest daughter Miriam Joy. Five years later we are closing out a period of walking through the fires, coming out stronger than before it all began. Not without scars, we are finding healing as a family and have changed in ways that only suffering can administer. We have grown in wisdom!
Night before surgery
Off to surgery to remove her tumor
Treatment over 9 months and closed in October 2016
Room on Diamond West, Sixth Floor
Post surgery with her port for chemo installed
Pages I wrote in my journal when I found out my three year old daughter had cancer
We are so thankful for our all the love and support our family experienced over these years. We wouldn't be here without the care and support of so many. Thank you from all Yeakleys and join us in celebrating good news!
Over the past many years, I have had the privilege of being a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona, instructing their Senior Design Capstone class of soon-to-be graduates. This class is a primer on what practical steps they should consider as they venture out and become professionals. This course is centered around using the principles of design to coach young minds to consider steps to long-term success. View the PDF.
Discussion about how we should package ourselves up
To help graduating seniors, we took professional headshots for their LinkedIn profile.