There is no closed figure in nature. Every shape participates with another. No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape. -Henri Cartier-Bresson
UTOPIA (2013 - 0ngoing)
A Utopia was first described in the Plato's Socratic dialogue, The Republic, where Plato shared the idea that if citizens learned the wisdom to eliminate poverty, they could become rulers. In this society, there would be few laws and wars, ultimately leading to a peaceful society.
Utopia was first described in the Plato's Socratic dialogue, _The Republic,_ where Plato shared the idea that if citizens learned the wisdom to eliminate poverty, they could become rulers. In this society, there would be few laws and wars, ultimately leading to a peaceful society.
The notion of Utopia arose again in the 16th century, with Sir Thomas More's book _Utopia_ which proposed an ideal society in the creation of the said name. The actual definition of Utopia has been confused over time between the Greek definition which means "no place" and the homophonic prefix meaning "good place.” The marriage of these two definitions assumes that the definition for Utopia is an idyllic place that does not exist.
In this series, I have constructed imaginary landscapes, with the intention to create a physical landscape of which does exist, if only in the paper-imaged form. They are my response to the philosophical question of whether a perfect place can exist, bringing together life's dualities into a perfect union of beauty.
The albumen process involves simple egg whites as the base on the paper for light sensitive silver nitrate. Albumen, as a medium, helps to convince the viewer that these landscapes do exist, as our societal association with the 19th Century albumen prints were deemed true renditions of the time and place in which they were taken.
This ongoing series of images is printed approximately 6x8" on handcoated albumen paper, created in an edition of 9 with 3 Artist Proofs. Images are tiered in price and increase as the edition sells out. Prints are signed, dated, editioned, and titled on print recto.
HERE NOR THERE (2011-Ongoing)
As I observe my young daughter's craving for imagination, I see the potential in that creativity and how it could be harnessed to make positive changes for the world. Children have the candid imagination to entertain themselves effortlessly for pure play and invention. In between the adult reality and the purely imaginative one is the magic. The magic is the inexplicable place that lies somewhere between here and there. It is the mystery of the unknown that enchants humans into believing in any given religion or any spiritual path. For humans, it is this mystery that leads to curiosity, which can be the impetus to bring forth solutions and innovations for healing the Earth's future. The images in this series are my interpretations of these initial magical, mysterious moments of inspiration. These images are influenced by literature, folklore, invention and reality as well as the unexplained and the curious. They can not be attributed to any one given place – they are neither here nor there.
The prints in this ongoing series are approximately 8 x 3.5”, and each print is a unique selenium toned, handcoated albumen print in an edition of 9 with 3 artist proofs. The Albumen process, which involves simple egg whites as the base on the paper for light sensitive silver nitrate, serves the intent of the series in that Albumen is the perfect combination of the magical and the scientific. Albumen is a prime example of how the combination of creative innovation and curiosity progressed the photographic world into a major artistic and societal shift at the time of its invention.
This ongoing series of images is printed approximately 4x8" on handcoated albumen paper, created in an edition of 9 with 3 Artist Proofs. Images are tiered in price and increase as the edition sells out. Prints are signed, dated, editioned, and titled on print recto.
MOON SERIES (2005-2006)
The Moon Series encompasses one year of photographing twelve full moons, one per lunar cycle, from Summer Solstice 2005 through May 2006, beginning when the idea of motherhood was a preconceived notion and ending when I gave birth in May 2006. The concept of this body of work has been to make a metaphorical interpretation for the various stages in the development of human life that occurs with each lunar cycle during pregnancy. This series also explores the idea of time and evolution abstractly, resulting in a metaphorical time-lapsed photograph. I am intrigued by time and the idea of tracking time and used the subject of the Moon for this series, not only for its feminine qualities, but also because of its history in human life for tracking consistent cycles of time. For me, film is the necessary tool for trying to capture time, and photography specifically, can capture lapsed moments poetically.
These images are various sizes, archival pigment ink prints on Somerset archival paper, in an edition of 25 and three Artist Proofs. Prints are signed, dated, editioned, and titled on print verso.
OBJECT DIASPORA (2009-2010)
Object Diaspora presents photographs of objects that have been passed between people and families over time and have become imbued with a special meaning, significance and value. The objects come to embody, often, the spirit and memory of the person who originally possessed them and are given an almost ‘sacred’ status by their current owners. Like people who migrate from one country to another looking to begin a new life, these objects travel, get placed in a new environment and become part of their new culture. We breathe our spirit into these objects, and we use them with the spirit of the person who gave them to us.
This series of images are taken with a large format pinhole camera. They are toned gelatin silver prints on 8x10” Foma paper, created in an edition of 12 with 3 Artist Proofs.
SKY SERIES 2007-2009
This series is the natural progression from my other two bodies of work, the Earth Series and the Moon Series. In the literal sense, my work is a documentation of the environment and its natural evolutions in the course of a moment (all of my work, from 2005-2008 involves long exposures, which creates a moving documentation in a still moment). In the more esoteric sense, my work is an abstract representation of time and place, that allows the viewer to create their own relationship to the image through a visceral experience. This series focuses on the horizon; sometimes well defined, and sometimes it is blurred between an ambiguous sense of place.
These images are available as 30x30" and 19x19" c-prints, in an edition of 25 and three Artist Proofs. Prints are signed, dated, editioned, and titled on print verso.
EARTH SERIES (2003-2005)
For years I have been fascinated with patterns created within and by the natural world. As a photographer, I was also interested in the role of photography in recording and presenting natural forces; water, wind and light. The merging of these two interests result in Earth Series. I want to make visible the forces in nature which are difficult to discern, but are powerful connotations of the physics of the natural world. These images result in abstract and sometimes complex patterns that rely heavily on the subtlety of detail.
The natural evolution in the Earth Series led to Earth Maps, which utilizes the same investigation, but here I bring together individual 16” x 20” toned gelatin silver images into a diptych or a “quadtych” to form a larger image. Maps have been used throughout history to describe land formations and provide directions traversing or finding specific locations. I call this work Earth Maps because I wanted to reinterpret the utilitarian notion of a map as an abstract idea, to “map” these patterns that may, or may not, become familiar once they are linked together. The result is a landscape map of a particular locale and pattern that forms by virtue of the elements in nature.
These images are 16x20", toned gelatin silver prints, in an edition of 25 and three Artist Proofs. Prints are signed, dated, editioned, and titled on print verso.