He Was; I am, is an on going artistic project by Kayla Story, part of a larger body of work about fatherlessness and its impacts on grown individuals. Through this project I am interested in the ways that a fathers' absence has effected me as a person, how father absence similarly effects millions of others, and what those absences mean in our culture at large. My own father was voluntarily never a part of my life, so this project while wide reaching in its subject matter means a lot to me as a person who is also struggling to understand his willful absence.


If you have made it to this page, I hope that you will consider being a part of the project by sharing your own unique experience with fatherlessness. Your name will not be used unless consent is granted by you the participant, and individual fathers will not be singled out. I strive only to understand, and share with others who might not fully grasp, the true struggles of fatherlessness from those that have had time to contemplate its direct impacts. 


Thank you so much for taking a peek and considering working with me on this project! The purpose of this survey is to collect different perspectives, stories, and thoughts about the impact of father absence to be used in art works about the same subject. In addition to the words I am also collecting images of fathers who were not, are not, or could not be in their children's lives, to reinterpret into prints that are reflective and only visible under certain conditions. If you would like to contribute an image please email any quality of an image, be it a scan or cell phone picture to: absentfathersproject@gmail.com

Last name not required if you would rather leave it off please put N/A in the last name field.
Have you met your biological father? *
When you were growing up without a father, did you feel that you were somehow different from other kids?
Would you be interested in a 30 minute portrait session and in person conversation with the artist? *
For participants in and around Madison or Milwaukee. Does require signing a model release form so the artist may use your image in her work. Examples of other participants are above.
Do you have a picture of your father you would like to share with the project? *
The artist is collecting snapshots of absent fathers to repurpose into reflective prints/wallpaper. This is to illustrate the lasting effects that fathers who do not or cannot be in our lives have in their absence. A sample is illustrated above. If yes, please email a scan/snap of the image to: absentfatherproject@gmail.com
I hereby give permission to the artist to use this information in the creation of art works, exhibitions, and publications in relation to those things. *
I, Kayla Story (the artist, as previously refered to) promise to be respectful of any and all information given to me via this form/project. I will never associate you or your information directly with any images used unless we have directly discussed this as an option during a portrait session.