Family Values

Family Values critiques the idealization of childhood through the “glitching” and modification of Sophia’s family portraits. In her early life, Sophia and her three siblings would get an annual portrait that was later hung in the home. After photographing the original portraits in their frames, Sophia changed their pixel order to be set per channel and their encoding to the U-Law data format. These formatting changes allowed the images to be read by the computer as sound files. The pseudo-sound files were then processed in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with audio filters and re-encoded as images. Finally, the original frame was superimposed over the newly glitched image. The original images date from 2000 at the earliest, to 2018 at the most recent.