We Share Our Pictures consists of ten triptychs of drawings made on a mechanical digital drawing plotter. The drawings are all sourced from found slide collections made in the 1970’s. One of these collections was made by the artist’s family, and the rest were bought from the estates of people who have died. Christensen found connections between images in the various collections, and each triptych depicts three versions of an archetypal image that was found across slide collections: people standing in front of their new cars, families posing with National Park “welcome” signs, people at the beach. Each triptych contains two images from the strangers’ collections, and one from the family collection; the origin of the drawings, however, is not revealed. The juxtaposition of personal and impersonal images flattens them to the collective plane of forgotten photographs, and yet reminds us that all of these images were once personal to someone.
We Share Our Pictures was created with support of the MacDowell Fellowship (2015) and the Creative Capital grant (Emerging Fields, 2013)