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Bella Cook

This series of photographs depicts my sister in my mother’s childhood bedroom. The furniture, linens, and wall hangings evoke a feeling of nostalgia from the 1980s. The girl in the photographs is uncomfortably stuck between youth and adulthood, clearly too big for the room, but yearning for the comfort of childhood. She playfully hides beneath the desk but has outgrown the game of hide-and-seek. She sets up a tea party but clumsily kicks it over with her too-big shoes. As she lies atop the headboard of her bed, it is as if she is stuck between the two stages of life, trying to be grown up, but overcome with nostalgia for the simpler days of her youth. The series elicits the innocence of youth and reminds us that childhood passes quickly, only existing in the comfort of our memories.

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