To me the creative process is a necessity as important to living as eating and sleeping. My work swims in abstraction as I feel that only the abstract can portray the complex nuances of life in our current society; the mysterious, the confusing, the unanswered. The goal of my work is to not only make some sense out of these life consuming uncertainties but also to direct this disharmony towards positivity. In this sense I feel it is my responsibility to continue to use art as a springboard to creating harmony in the human condition.
I work with photograms- an alternative photographic process created by exposing different light sources and patterns directly onto photographic paper. I use a live model, who physically lies on the light sensitive paper, in an attempt to not only keep the theme focused on humanity but also to portray the beauty of the human form and the beauty that we all have within us. The entire process is done in complete darkness and, as a result of directly exposing light to the paper, leaves no negative- each photogram reflecting the beautiful unique in every human being. After completion a large format slide is made of each photogram and a limited edition is printed. Both the original photograms as well as the prints are for sale.
Technically speaking my interest lay in pushing the medium forward by exploring techniques that have not been thought of or fully realized. I have gone through several technological stages of my work including, but not limited to; the use of multiple exposures (which allows for multiple colors and creates depth in the static image), the use of long exposures (where movement can be recorded and manipulated), and, with my current work, the merging of photograms with traditional photography.
My photograms have progressed from the stagnant, portraying potential energy into movement and kinetic energy which I believe to be a truer representation of the power and divine within us. I have moved from simply trying to control light sources on paper to an exploration and visual representation of what people call the true self, the soul of a person. I believe this true self to be the essential link which interconnects all human beings.