Rewinding Forward

This body of work is an exploration back towards a beginning in reverse. Rewinding and reconstructing form is a way to further and augment connections. It’s important to me that photographs work on their own and be re-configured in the broader context of any group. Editing is a kind of seduction. The seduction is hidden in the forgetting about the possibility of a surprise. It’s a puzzle of paradox that pulls one towards a situation. I don’t know why but there needs to be a certain dissonance with an edgy quality in the photographs that I enjoy making. The making and rearranging are intertwined in a tug of poetic surrender. If everything is aligned then there’s a situation or a connection. I’m trying to express a lifeline through a continuum of inquiry and associations. Transformation is a bridge with the potential for magic, alchemy and poetry. Poetry is often a spring board in my creative practice. The last stanza in Marianne Moore’s poem “Nevertheless” is a magical example.

“The weak overcomes its
menace, the strong over-
comes itself. What is there
like fortitude! What sap
went through that little thread
to make the cherry red!”

Velvet Cosmos

I’m interested in ornaments and objects that have been generationally or otherwise handed down. My grandmother’s doilies, embroidery and quilts contain a kind of magic theatre of her memory. I’m curious about the translation of these objects and the conjuring they invoke. The doily images images remind me of stars in the night sky or snowflakes. Snowflake Bentley photographed thousand of individual snowflakes. He wrote,“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind." They were reminiscent of mandalas used as visual meditations and place to explore themes of healing and spirituality.

These prints were made using the Malde-Ware method, otherwise known as Print-Out Platinum-Palladium Printing, or the Ammonium Print-out was invented in the 1980s by Pradip Malde and Dr. Mike Ware. The Malde-Ware method is the original ‘print-out’ platinum process of Giuseppe Pizzighelli from 1887.

Painted Photographs

I scan tintypes that I started collecting in the late seventies. The printed photograph serves as a ground for painting. They are independent of each other physically, historically and on many other levels. The painted photograph essentially is a duet in which two mediums may contribute towards a whole. The integrity of both exists simultaneously in a shared physicality through and on the photographic print. The composition is essentially a duet like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s performance of “Dream a Little Dream of Me”.

Using Format