Rites of Passage
Screenprints on paper, 2016
Considering the ways someone transforms in an irreversible manner throughout a life-time, Sedjo has concluded that one must choose to adopt or create a rite of passage in order for it to transform their identity. This choice is a conscious one, not merely a reflective reaction to life’s circumstances. Sedjo bases her work off of specific narratives of rites of passage shared with her from a population of diverse individuals.
The imagery is necessary for the text as the text is for the imagery. They combine to create layered glimpses into the complex narrative of transformation. Sedjo chooses to take her own photographs and base her screenprints off of them. Sedjo received accounts of personal rites of passage and chose from them one moment in time to represent that life shift. The individuals’ specific narratives engage the audience, while the images’ ambiguity excites recollections of personal rites of passage from within the viewer’s own journey.