Ashleigh Goodyear

No Words Required, 2022

No Words Required is a phrase many use when talking about loved ones that have passed, especially when the memories are so strong that words simply cannot express the importance of each deceased relative. Through the use of camera-less photography, the series No Words Required utilises archival imagery from my personal family album as a way of connecting with the family that I have never met. Yet, I have vivid false memories produced by the stories that the remaining family tell. Grief and remembrance is something that is universally felt at some point in our lives, and finding a way to cope with loss is increasingly important. That is why this series of work unintentionally became a form of self-therapy, as each chemical bath or stitch used to produce pieces of work allowed me to briefly connect and grieve over those that had passed.