A extended photo series of human bodies as backgrounds for miniature objects.
Portraits in places
Images of people cut from magazines and place in real world settings
Photographs taken of images cut from home improvement magazines and placed in natural environments.
Photographs of images cut from magazines and staged in the real world.
The eye of the storm, a liminal place between the chaos which rages in a thunderstorm and the order of a rigid grid, is one of eerie certainty and calm. Using a combination of readymade and hand crafted objects I create sculpture which calls to mind Surrealism and the uncanny. Domestic objects are rendered dysfunctional and arranged with stark theatricality within the gallery which echoes both Minimalism and haunted house attractions. These objects could suggest situations which are metaphors for relationships; from person to person, object to object, and nation to nation.
The body is evoked psychically in the sculptures but used directly in the photographs by using the hair of a dear friend, a distortion of scale is brought into play when tiny objects, specifically, dollhouse doors, are placed in it.
Threshold is an exhibition consisting of photographs and sculpture. Two photos face each other on opposing walls. The imagery shows doors being flooded by cascading black hair, which overcomes the threshold, like a deluge of rushing black water. On the wall between them I recreated the image of doors by using photographs in a grid to mimic the windows, swirling hair presses against each window. In front of the door is a dining room table which has a trap door embedded in it and a ladder which leads below, similar to a cellar door, where one might seek refuge from a storm. Across the room are the four chairs which would normally sit around the table facing each other, instead I have fused them back to back, so that no one may look another in the eye. These chairs are connected forever, much like a family, yet disconnected. Hanging above each chair is a lightbulb, representing perhaps the energy of a person. Each bulb flickers and brightens in correlation to the sound of a thunderstorm. The thunder rumbles and crescendos and each light responds to the sound in it's own way. This might represent the underlying discord within some homes, the visual representation of a four way argument. As one leaves the room, embedded in a gallery pillar is a spigot, and from the spigot pours more of the familiar black hair. Hanging on the wall is a man's suit jacket, facing the wall, revealing the back of the coat which has a working clock marking the relentless passage of time.
I am originally from Kansas and attended the University of Kansas for my undergrad degree in Printmaking. I migrated to Maryland to attend MICA for my MFA in interdisciplinary studies. Currently I teach at MICA, Towson University and UMBC.