Remove All Dads (part ii)

“Remove All Dads” is a collaboration with poet Michelle Penaloza. The installation consisted of a poem displayed next to a series of family portrait coffee mugs with the dad removed using Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill ®. The portraits were sampled from a Google image search for “family photo”, which returns a combination of famous and stock families. The work explores the invisible bond that ties people together with a shared experience of fatherlessness. Both the poem and the mugs act as containers for feelings of loss, nostalgia, and irreverence. The objects are meant live in a home, existing side by side with other collected memorabilia. They replace the tacky family photo mug with a crude gesture reminding us of the absence experienced throughout our communities.