My work examines the historical, physical, and metaphysical nature of memory and migration in the African Diaspora. I explore the relationship between my experience emigrating from the Caribbean nation of Nevis and the forced dislocation of African peoples from the continent throughout the process of enslavement. Using liquid gelatin silver emulsion to layer and combine elements such as maps, African pictographs and ideographs, and personal and historical documents with photographic images, I hope to convey the political and psychological link between these two seemingly disparate experiences.
The photographic process is crucial to the work because of its ability to illustrate the element of time and its relationship to history. The pictographic and ideographic symbols in the work are spirit writings. They are also indexes for memory, signifiers of personal, historical, and even mythological events. They function as a bridge between two seemingly disparate experiences, the historical and the contemporary. Blending past with present, I use iconographic elements as metaphorical residues of experiences.
The works presented here, from the series entitled Stasis include images from sonograms of my children combined with a photogram of my hair.
Originally from the Eastern Caribbean island of Nevis, Terry Boddie received his BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in 1989, and his MFA from Hunter College in 1997. His work has been shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Smack Mellon Studios in Brooklyn, NY, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Boddie’s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY Arts, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and has been an artist in residence with the Longwood Arts Project and an Artist in the Marketplace with the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In the summer of 2002, he was included in Invisible Cities at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and in the fall of 2002 he had a solo exhibition at Rush Arts in NYC. Terry Boddie was an artist in resident at CPW in August 2002.