The Caretaker, Artist’s Book


A series of 14 photographs based on a true story (see below) and presented as a centered accordion book in a fabric like box. The title of the box is hidden by the band to keep the secret of the story safe.  Some secrets become obsessions and can change the course of one’s life. This metamorphosis is at the heart of a project made of several artistic short stories. One of them, The Caretaker, is based on the life of Mrs T. On her wedding day, her aunt, who she thought was her mother broke the secret about her  parents’ identity. This shocking revelation slowly changed Mrs. T.’s destiny and sent her off to roam about the world in search of her father.

Mrs T.’s Vietnamese mother had met a Chinese man in Hong-Kong, but their love story was short lived. Returning home to care for her dying mother, she realized she was pregnant. Two years after Mrs T.’s birth, her mother died and the little girl was raised by her aunt who hid the identity of her parents until her wedding day. Before the ceremony the bride received a box containing an old photo of a young man and a golden ring  that her mother had left for her. After spending the next 20 years raising her children, Mrs T. decides to leave her family to find her father. In order to finance her quest, she will work as a caretaker.

A box printed on a fabric like paper : 6 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Band closure with metal ornament : 6 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches A centered accordion book : 6 inc. x 81/4 inches – (6×49 inches open). A series of 14 photographs taken in Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia Edition of 100 signed and numbered Price: $125. Visit our Purchase Gallery