Judy Fiskin began photographing surveys of American vernacular architecture and landscape in the early 1970s. After problems with her health, Fiskin moved to video and other narrative-based work. With this shift came more personal and revealing work. Her first film, Diary of a Midlife Crisis (1997), gave voice to her struggle to move into a new medium while grappling with her own humanity and that of those around her.
Drawing from (and contradicting) director George Stevens’s 1948 movie I Remember Mama, Fiskin’s latest short
film, I’ll Remember Mama (2013), is a
meditation on the imminent passing of her mother— the objects that she will
leave behind and the memories and knowledge that will disappear with her
passing. Just as Fiskin’s first film was an autobiographical account of loss
and change, I’ll Remember Mama
portrays the transition of grief to closure through the objects and language
that are inextricably linked to our personal lives.