My desire to develop a body of work around what reality conceals and evades our view led me to looking at the collection of vintage X-rays I had on hand. X-rays pass through human tissue, rendering the bones and tissue beneath visible. I’ve come to realize our bodies have been informed by a lifetime of experiences throughout our childhood, young adulthood and middle age. The work I created shows how our experiences in life have played a role in our understanding and experiencing our bodies.
—Nanette Rae Freeman, 2021, Chicago