New Work - Cyanotypes
The tradition of documenting botanical specimens using the cyanotype process dates back to 1843 when Anna Atkins published British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Rather than representing an ideal plant specimen, my work diverges from tradition by exploring imperfection and impermanence. My photographs feature humble leaves that are blemished, irregular, and withered. I photograph them in groups and pairs to express relationships and suggest a narrative. Blurred leaves represent the terror and beauty of sudden and uncontrollable events and the transition to a new state of being. Inspired by personal experience and recent events, I create these images to reckon with transience and loss, memory and acceptance.
Peculiar Symbiosis, 2016 - 2019
This series of photomontages in diptych form explore the manipulation and transformation of art historical facts into photographic fiction. I am interested in challenging the traditional masculine gaze of the old master paintings I photograph by dissecting the paintings into small parts and liberating the pieces from their original context. The photographic artifacts can then be re-interpreted, distorted and manipulated to produce alternative narratives.
I use the diptych format to explore the shifting nature of memory and how interpretation of information is altered by gender, context and time. The diptych as a whole offers a narrative that questions and subverts the facts of the original image, while each part a tells a different version of that newly constructed narrative.
I construct my photomontages so they that initially appear to be historic paintings and provoke the viewer to question the medium and veracity of the image. My intention is to create an image that wavers between dualities: painting and photograph, part and whole, reality and fiction, past and present, male and female. Within the open-ended narratives of the pseudo historic images, I hope the viewer recognizes contemporary themes about conflict, anxiety, and identity.
Seductive Deception, 2015 – 2017
As an art history major in college, I studied master works and learned how each one contributed to the visual narrative of a particular style, time period, religion, or culture. I learned that iconic works of art were unique and priceless, to be guarded and venerated like sacred truths. Now I approach those same paintings as a curious photographer, questioning and dissecting them with each exposure. The fractured pieces are manipulated and transformed into a remix. The novelty and drama of the remix is seductive and deceptive.
The pictures I take of old master paintings represent selected facts. The camera frame isolates and fragments, removing parts from their original context. The photographs now liberated from the original artworks are like memories subject to interpretation, distortion and manipulation. Elements from various paintings are woven into constructed narratives inspired by experiences, dreams, fears and fantasies. The surrealistic tableaux question and subvert the facts of the original images. My intention is to create an image that wavers between dualities: painting and photograph, reality and fiction, past and present, true and false.
The 15”x20” archival pigment prints are mounted on hardboard and covered with layers of encaustic medium that creates a rich, luminous, and irregular surface. The wax and mounting technique provides the digitally manipulated photographs with a tactile and physical presence that evokes the historic artwork that inspired them.
Secret Art Histories 2014-2016
There are secret stories hidden beneath the sumptuous surface of old master portraits. The paintings, unchanged for decades, are relics of idealized beauty, wealth and privilege. The subjects gaze at each other across the museum gallery, isolated by frames, genres, time period. The modern day viewer visits the museum and moves fluidly from one gallery to the next. Pausing, looking, passing by, remembering bits and pieces. The experience is a visual palimpsest as one work becomes entwined with another.
I gather the elements used to create the multi-layered and surrealistic compositions by photographing original paintings hanging in museums. I transform, manipulate, and interweave photographs of multiple paintings to construct a historic painting that was never painted. I hope the viewer shares my sense of eerie familiarity with the newly constructed narratives, recognizing shifting memories, fragmented dreams, and dark secrets within.