It started out small, mainly shooting family scenes in my own home. But after my girlfriends and I took them on our first Familyquin road trip to Carhenge in Nebraska – a truly bizarre American roadside attraction – the project took a turn for the better. It made me realise the potential of doing it in public. It’s hysterically funny to watch the process, but it’s got a deeper message. The point is to get people to reconsider their allegiance to traditional life expectations. Everyone laughs. Most are extremely curious, and stop and ask a lot of questions, which gives me a great opportunity to explain the larger idea behind the spectacle.
My “husband” Chauncey is more of a symbol than he is a character in my photos. He stands for the stiff inflexibility of the one-size-fits-all approach to life. In many of my photos, my expression is a huge, fake, over-the-top toothy grin, like “Oh my. Isn’t this great?!” It makes a funny image, but really it’s a parody. It reflects the pretence of an idealized picture of happiness. It’s a postcard – which are never really about the reality of travel; they’re proclamations: “Hey, look at me! See where I am, and you’re not? My life is so great! Wish you were here.” Very much like Facebook, which is a digital postcard.