My work begins with photograms, cameraless prints made in the darkroom. An unpredictable and repetitive process, securing the movement of liquids on photosensitive paper poses a struggle to capture what only I can see when making these prints. It becomes a performative matter of scientific method; trial and error. There is an element of desperation in the process of capturing magic before it disappears in seconds. Fixing the moving elements to paper has begun to feel like a metaphor for what I have been searching for in all my work.
These prints begin at just 4x5 inches, and become a negative themselves to be enlarged and printed digitally. Printing them this way further obscures what material graced the original’s surface--and negates the cameraless prints’ single, one-of-a-kind authenticity.
My process is a search, deeply rooted in the fundamental aspects of what makes a photograph, in ideologies of representation and reality, and in the expression of abstracted personal truth.
Through 2D works, I seek space to explore perceptual realities and create work that aggravates consideration of how we collectively and individually arrive at our own sense of meaning. I like to think of making meaning as a recurring physical process. I think about the body, then, and how it remembers. You can feel it sometimes...