When I was 9 years old I was enrolled in diving lessons at the local pool.  During practice one day I hit my head on the concrete pool edge and suffered a skull fracture and concussion.  After the impact and before I lost consciousness, I remember floating peacefully underwater while admiring the shimmering light and blue color.  I have no memory of being rescued but when I regained consciousness, found myself disoriented and in pain lying on the floor of the pool office while a crowd of kids peered down at me through the surrounding windows.

The transition from bliss to trauma is the inspiration for Limbo.  The plant and animal material I photograph are in a state of suspended animation, floating in ambiguous time and space.  The juxtapositions within each composition are intended to represent dualities such as presence/absence, permanence/transience, past/present.  Facing opposing states of being and the abrupt transition from one to the other can produce anxiety.  Instead, I'm interested in creating a visual expression of the space in between.   And by stretching the time it takes to cross from one state to another, bring recognition to and acceptance of the delicate balance between dualities.

The subject matter and cyanotype technique I use refer to the tradition of botanical prints dating back to Anna Atkin's work of 1843.  Rather than photograph flat and sharply rendered specimens for scientific study, I intentionally distort and blur my subject matter through long exposures and selective focus. In fact, I don't think of the plant material as specimens at all but rather as characters that interact with each other and respond to forces beyond their control.

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