Diversion | Photography by Nanette Rae Freeman: May 20 – Jun 19
My husband was killed on July 18, 2011, on a motorcycle speeding down the Dan Ryan Expressway on his way to work. In the wake of this unfathomable loss, I began to find fascination in the remains of blown-out tires on the expressway. One day the violent energy of a blow out jolted me to the point that I felt compelled to stop and retrieve it. I finally had something tangible that evoked feelings of trauma, violence, and even death. I found a surprising comfort in the physicality of the mangled tire. It connected me to husband, Fred, whose body and mind I lost in this harrowing accident.
For this body of work, I’ve been employing found blown-out tire shreds to document them as a photographic material. I photograph them in a way that exemplifies their physical features which helps me interpret and transform them. The rendering of rich textures aims to inspire memories of skin, hair, and other humanizing elements – elements torn and obliterated from their former shape, which is very much like the relationship I now share with my husband.