"In my work I have never strived to make a perfect photograph, in fact I have embraced the imperfections and accidents in the photographic process."
The Portfolios: Grace and Truth, Into the Gray, and Positive Negative represent 20 years of working with Polaroid materials, experimentation with both the negative and the positive produced from the Polaroid film.
GRACE AND TRUTH
“We feast on time as Time feasts on us” ~Maria Popva
My desire was to strip away as much as I could in order to be as honest as possible with my intentions. I chose to photograph my subject’s nude with a plain black background. There are numerous references in the work some which include mythology and religion. The one common thread connecting all of the images is time and existence.
These images are created using expired Type 55 film and a 4x5 view camera. After the initial in-camera exposure, I subject the polaroid to household chemicals. The chemical process begins to alter the image through the exposure of light and time.
The original photograph begins to slowly fade away and in its place the figure recedes into anew landscape. The image continues to alter and evolve therefore I scan and re-scan the Polaroids during the different stages of transformation. With the passage of time the images become more ethereal, fragmented and degraded. These photographs like the moving image will continue to change as the past makes its way into the future.
Grace and Truth reflects my fascination with time, it's passage, and my desire to transcend time through my work. Perhaps in my own way I am trying to make peace with it.
The Polaroid negative is submerged into a liqiud chemical bath. Unlike the previous portfolio, once the original photographic image has completly disappeared an abstract landscape emerges...the surface is soft and pliable, I can easily manipulate the surface of the film with my hands and fingernails. The negatives are then fixed and scanned.
ARROW OF TIME
When you lose a parent it is a life altering event, life is never the same again. With loss comes many questions; are our love one's all around us? or is it our memories which keep them close to us. What is time? Does the past present and future all exist simultaneously?
Merging vintage family photographs with my 35mm work allowed the past and the present to co-exist. I tried to create parallel worlds making up new narratives about family members I never knew as well as loved ones.
"Arrow of Time" is a theory which explains that time moves only in one direction and cannot exist without entrophy. Though we cannot time travel to the past, I believe that we all carry the past into our present as well as the future.
Life is a process, there is an order to nature, life and death-and how we navigate our way in the world comes from a respect for the past.
I could swim before I could walk and learned how to dive in my own back yard. I have always lived near the ocean. The ocean has always been a place of deep inspiration and concern. For the past 2 years my lens has been focused on sea life including corals, fish, and marine plant life. 90% of our bodies our made up of water, over 70% of our earth is covered in water, but only 1% of all bodies of water on earth are not affected by Man. The changing landscape of our planet and Oceans is alarming. There are many scientists who believe that we will exhaust most if not all of the fish in the oceans by 2035, and that plastic will outnumber fish. We are on the threshold where our footprints will soon be irreversible. Man’s relationship to the natural environment is severed on so many levels. It weighs heavily on my mind and I ask, at what price do we separate, consume, and destroy from what sustains life? Under Seas began with my documenting sea life in the Aquariums throughout the United States. Aquariums are a place of education and wonder, but I can’t help but feel a deep sadness each time I visit. It’s as if the Aquariums will likely be the future museums of the sea.
DISAPPEARING ICE~A WORLD WITHOUT ICE
In 2015 I was one of sixty artists from around the world selected to document climate change in the high Arctic.
The work produced from the artists, Elysium: Artists for the Arctic was made into an international exhibition, book and film. The evidence of the receding ice floe and it's impact in the Arctic and the rest of the world was right in front of our eyes and cameras. The expedition was a life altering experience. Upon returning I formed a non-profit, Oceans in Focus to create conservation presentations to children around the world. Using Film, Photography and art to educate kids about the urgent issues our oceans face today. It is the children who hold the future in their hands. I want to give them a platform where they can share their unique viewpoints, discover new sustainable solutions and become active participants in the well being of our oceans and environment. https://www.oceansinfocus.org
SHADOWS AND LIGHT
Throughout my photographic life I keep returning to the still life. Shadows and light began with a single light source, a black background and objects passed down from loved ones Creating new tableaux’s that are unseen in the light, I became fascinated with the ideas of reality and perception and how they are interpreted by the unconscious mind. Time, memory and loss have all been a constant thread throughout my work. In an attempt to give new life to these Treasured objects, in a way my family continues to live on in a new time and space.
Mor-phol-o-gy is the study of the form of things, in particular.
On my daily walks, I found myself picking up leaves and flowers that caught my eye on the nature trail near my house. In nature, from the stages of death and decay comes transformation and the birth of something new. The cycles of life are self evident. There is not only an order but a repetitive pattern and rhythm. I had an immediate desire to observe then re-arrange this order. By re-interpreting or simply observing the structures, I saw new parallels and metaphors for the cycles of life. Each leaf or flower had a distinct pattern and stage of decay. Each one has a different story to tell, and in its death it continues to feed the earth as everything eventually returns to the earth.