While my work does not bear a methodological consistency, there are certain tendencies that I have learned to follow. Each work begins at the point of one object or collection of objects, a series of photographs, a cluster of symbols. Often (though not always) there is a personal aspect to the objects: a political button collection inherited from my father, a series of photographs taken my grandfather, a dusty relic found in the back of a closet. The space of familial inheritance and an examination of how ideas and ideologies are passed down are important to my process. Through researching around the objects, histories directly or tangentially related, my investigations take place at the intersection of private experience and public history. It is an examination of my (our) ‘I,’ Alexis Shotwell writes, “as a collective situation experienced individually.”
 Alexis Shotwell is professor of Sociology and Anthropology (with a cross-appointment in the department of Philosophy) at Carleton University. Her work examines epistemology, race, and gender.