For the last ten years, I have been dedicated to creative explorations of the photographic medium. My earlier photographs illustrated a journey through a psychological labyrinth. I sought to create a sense of adventure and exploration into alternate imaginary realities. The use of color, constructed spaces, unusual props, movement, bodies, faces, and organic materials created a visceral photographic environment. It was the idea of the unreal that functioned as a metaphorical access point in documenting an emotional landscape.
More recently, the direction of my work has shifted while continuing to explore color, texture, and the two-dimensionality of the photographic surface. The images in my newest series, Overture, are abstracted still lifes that use color, line, and focus to question the illusion of space and indexical nature of the photograph. By incorporating flowers, paper, fabric, and other simple objects, I create layered fields of color with gestural elements and fleeting hints of focal detail.
It is important to me that the images are not digitally fabricated. I make these images in my studio where I begin with a sculptural still life structure and then explore variations on the images as the develop. The camera allows for chance discoveries and imperfections. In this digital era, I believe that the viewer responds to the energy of an “in-camera” image differently with an intuitive connection to the spontaneity and “reality” of the image.
Ultimately, I am interested in creating images that use color to attract the viewer and elicit an emotional response. The images dynamically oscillate between the traditional photographic illusion of deep space versus the flat two-dimensional surface of a painting or drawing. Through spatial relationships, I suggest movement through deep, unknown spaces.