A Daughter’s Survival Index Index (Working Title) – An Interdisciplinary Work In Progress

2014–present

photographic works

“A Daughter’s Survival Index”, an interdisciplinary project, investigates creativity, female identity, and modernism through the mother/daughter bond. Rhoda Mogul, mother of six and housewife, was a lifelong amateur photographer, and, incessant interior decorator. Her creative drive – though confined to the home – had a major influence on my private and public life as an artist/filmmaker. Drawing upon materials from Mom’s Archive and Mine, this work in progress underlines the domestic environment as a source and site of imagination, and, creative reciprocity.

“Mama’s Girl Suite”, a series of Vignettes, is also part of this project.

Collages, Diptychs Patterns and Photographs from the “Daughter’s Index”

The following images were constructed digitally by, or are analog photographs by Susan Mogul. The images derived from Rhoda Mogul’s Archive are indicated in the descriptions.

Mom_Susan_Pregnant-_Diptych

Rhoda /Susan Pregnant Diptych
Diptych was digitally created in 2014 from two analog photographs Mom took in 1965. An iconic image in the project, it represents the fertile creative banter between mother and daughter.

Index_Detail_1

A Daughter’s Survival Index – Detail #1
“The Daughter’s Survival Index”, a series of digital prints, is comprised of artifacts from an archive I share with Mom: furniture, textiles, photographs, and interior décor. And is also a “key” to the project in its entirety. Focus photography.

Mogulmannekko_Pattern_CU

Mogulmannekko
Design for wallpaper pattern. Pattern derived from: Mom’s 1965 proof sheet, a wallpaper swatch, and a Marimekko housedress. As with most components in this project, the historic artifacts were selected for their resonance between mother and daughter.

Echoes_Muybridge_Whistler_Pattern

Echoes of Muybridge and Whistler’s Mother
Design for wallpaper pattern. The pattern was derived from a 1965 photographic proof sheet composed of Mom’s pregnant self-portraits, and, me mimicking Mom pregnant. The form and content of this pattern echoes images from art and photo history: “Whistler’s Mother” and Muybridge’s photographs.

Double_Mirror-Camouflage

Camouflage in Mom’s Montage
This collage was digitally created from a 1987 analog photograph of Susan in the Marimekko dress she gave Mom in the sixties, as she looks at a photo collage produced by Rhoda from the seventies. The background pattern is derived from the same collage.

Susan_Phone_Diptych

‘Hi Susan, Hi Susan’, Diptych
Diptych was digitally created from two analog photographs Mom took in 1964. The title references a musical sequence in the 1964 film, “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Princess_Rollers

Sleeping Princess in Rollers and Acne Cream
Pattern was created from one analog photograph Mom took of Susan in 1964.

Dad_Susan_Phone_Diptych

Susan Dad Diptych
Diptych was digitally created from two analog photographs Mom took in 1964.

Dinner_Table_Mark_Pam_Dad_1973_Fix

Mark, Pam, and Dad after Dinner – 1973

Mom_Mylar_1974

Mom Momentarily Reclining with Mending and Mylar Wall – 1974

Index_Detail_2

A Daughter’s Survival Index – Detail #2
“A Daughter’s Survival Index”, a series of digital prints, is comprised of artifacts from an archive I share with Mom: furniture, textiles, photographs, and interior décor. And is also a “key” to the project in its entirety. Focus plywood and plastics.

Index_Detail_3

A Daughter’s Survival Index – Detail #3
“A Daughter’s Survival Index”, a series of digital prints, is comprised of artifacts from an archive I share with Mom: furniture, textiles, photographs, and interior décor. And is also a “key” to the project in its entirety. Focus patterns and color.

Jess_Living_Room_Sun

My Brother Jess in His Bedroom – 1980

Redec._Mom_Living_Room

Redecorating Mom’s Blue Living Room
An intervention, aka Photo Collage, of a 1980 analog photograph I took of Mom in the living room. This collage utilizes a wallpaper pattern from Mom’s bedroom, her rug, a dress pattern transformed into curtains, and my self-portrait on the wall.

This_Dress-is_Like_Storyboard

This Dress is Like…
Storyboard for Music Video, and, a stand-alone image. The narrative connects mother-daughter reciprocity vis a vis clothing, photography, and interior décor.