Silent Sister features photographic works by School of Art Master of Fine Arts Candidate Marissa Webb. The exhibition highlights Marissa’s work documenting her sister Kaitlin who has Rett Syndrome, a neurological developmental disorder which affects language and communication abilities, results in abnormal hand movements, and eventually leads to developmental regression. The syndrome may best be described by imagining a little girl with cerebral palsy, autism, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
In this body of work Marissa presents intimate studies of her sister Kaitlin and her relationships with those closest to her. Depicted in the compelling works are Kaitlin, her mother, Marissa, and Marissa’s fiancé. Through observation and documentation Marissa seeks to understand Kaitlin’s view of the world. Additionally Marissa uses photography to investigate how Kaitlin is viewed through the lens of public perception. Marissa’s work questions and explores ideas of consciousness, normalcy, relationships and the role of treasured objects in one’s life.