Photography and Installation
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The Space Between Two Absolutes:
Our actions and thoughts are negotiated within the privacy of our minds. This isolation is one of the greatest and most difficult elements of being. Language, spoken or physical, is our only conduit for relaying thoughts to one another, and is just as complex and fragile a system as light or sound. As we continue to participate in a technologically driven culture of connectivity and distance our relationship to the corporeal becomes more and more significant and at stake.
I work with alternative process photography, installation, sound, and sculpture. Through these mediums I explore the complexities that exist between human suffering and the phenomenon of the physical world in which we live. Tools such as photography are emblematic of our difficulties with loss. The photograph is symbolic of our longing to make a moment permanent. Science and religion attempt to answer many of our difficult existential questions but both are inadequate. As a society we have designed technologies such as the Internet that attempt to bridge the distance between us metaphorically and physically. Ironically, the internet and its devices become both a conduit and a barrier. The Internet allows us to passively communicate, but lessens our evolvement and affect on one another.
I am classically trained in analogue and alternative photographic mediums. I treat photography as a material. I am interested in processes that are rigorous and methodical in their preparation and practice. Although working in the darkroom is an experience I enjoy most, the lag between making and viewing limits the viewer’s ability to see evidence of the process in the final image. In practicing photography I find myself most interested in the camera as an apparatus. The camera is much like the human body; it sees, absorbs and records memory. For me, installation enables the viewer to become both participants and observers in the work. I use room size camera obscuras, the pinhole, light and projection as well as magnetism and sound in my installations.
Where there are connections there are possibilities for gaps. Much of my work expresses anxieties associated with uncertainty. Whether it is love and loss, science and religion, language and empathy, or technology and communication as humans we ebb and flow through moments of clarity where we ask questions that lead back to moments of entropic confusion.