About this series
My thesis work dealt with collaboration with human beings, but I felt compelled to work with the inanimate objects that I used in the process of making the work. The objects are the lights that lit the scenes I photographed, and have become a ‘character’ in my work.
Time is represented in the form of the ben-day dots on the surfaces from the lights. The ben-day dots are not fading in the images, but only beginning to form from the light.
It is still life when I work with the lights and set the scene to take the photograph, but the work comes to life during the editing of the images. The images become metaphors in narration. I’m collaborating with the lights and they are anthropomorphized.
The shadows projected by the paper representations are canceling out the lights, and hindering some of the ben-day dots it comes in contact with.
The lights shining on the paper representations create ben-dey dots that mix with the ben-day dots that already make up the paper representations to create a new pattern. This new pattern feels rushed, as well as looking broken, messy, crisp, and corrupt.
The bed-day dots and black & white imagery represent fantasy in a theatrical environment, while the slight bit of color on the bottom represents the real world.
Constructing the shots as a diptych with the objects on the bottom of the image and the lights and shadows working in the top half of the image.
Most artists that work with light and shadow build shapes that are representative of recognizable objects; I’m not interested in those kinds of forms. David Haxton and James Turrrell’s work comes to mind when viewing the lights and shadows interacting with each other in this work. There is a sensual quality of the lights caressing and invading the surfaces it is touching.
Although the compositions look deceptively simple, I would spend weeks obsessively arranging the lights and the paper representations to get just the right placement. Experimenting with different combinations of lights cast onto the scene in a variety of ways to make each image a feeling or a metaphorical representation of an action. There is a narrative in each piece. I see standoffs, accusations, dancing, depression, unity, competition, searching, and escape.
The perspective is always looking straight on or down on the scene. There is an ambiguity to the location because of its lack of background details to give a clue on where the scene is set.