photographs and text by
H Jennings Sheffield
Tethered is an ongoing investigation into the tethering effect
we experience in our everyday lives. It communicates this feeling
by portraying what a specific period of time (e.g. 2:00pm-4:00pm) visually looks like when compressed and juxtaposed from different days of
Using a mathematical formula, each print illustrates what a two
hour period of time looks like as I balance artist, mother, teacher, wife, and daughter
throughout the week.
As unique as each two-hour interval is, certain consistencies
also run through our scheduled days. The look and feel of a two hour period in the
morning versus a two hour period in the afternoon conveys a very different set of
characters, circumstances, interactions, responsibilities, and roles.
In comparison to today, past generations whether by choice or not were very
segregated — work and family life rarely converged.
However with technology today,
work can be at home, and while working we can video chat with our family. With the advent
of smart phones and mobile devices, we can now check emails and essentially be wired-in 24/7 anywhere in the world.
It is through these technological advances that our
lives have become more confused, intermingled, and merged — thus creating the
As a mom of two toddlers, my time is always split between being an artist, a
mother, a wife, and a teacher. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I am in my
studio or classroom “being a teacher or artist”, but on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
weekends, I am home being a mother and wife. This is the supposed “schedule”. However, this is never the case.
We all have similar lives, you do not have to be a
mother, or a woman to appreciate the fusing and invasion of time that technology plays on us all.
Pulling from thousands
of images, I chose four to six images from the same time of day but from different days of the
week. Once selected, I digitally break down those images into
vertical slices. I then reintegrate the vertical slices from the four to six images
through a mathematical formula, to create a single, compressed image of time. Once compressed,
and as in real life, all the the different events and interactions inevitably merge into a
singular life experience.
In its completed form, Tethered is a combination of archival digital
prints mounted on panels, video and sound installations.
— H Jennings Sheffield