New work by Elaine Suzanne Miller has been added to The Chicago Project! In her series it would lose all purpose, she explores themes of death, transience, memory, preservation, and both the frailty and resilience of the human spirit through challenging experiences. While much of her work is based on personal experience, it encompasses universal themes which are intended to incite conversation and encourage others to tell their story.
Elaine discusses the series:
“it would lose all purpose” is my reaction and processing of the expected passing of my father, which was quickly followed by the unexpected death of my sister. Immediately following their deaths in 2009, I began photographing the remainder of my family with significant objects symbolic of my dad and sister. I wanted to produce a means for the living to interact with the dead, thus keeping those departed alive.