As an artist, I am inspired by moments within memories and dreams; they
become the reality that is my art. Over the past four years, I have discovered
new and old techniques in photography and printmaking. This discovery has
allowed me to work specifically in historical photography mediums such as
tintypes, Vandyke brown prints, intaglio, and photo intaglio. These processes
have an inherent spirituality and feeling of otherworldliness; this creates a
backdrop to all of my work. The mix of historical processes and dreamlike
images are what become my artwork's altered reality.
My work is inspired by Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, and Diane
Arbus, all silver gelatin masters. I strive to push and test the viewer’s emotions
and preconceptions as my inspirations certainly do. My work studies the
moments of quiet, uncertainty, strength and the moments in between. Sometimes
brooding and dark, my artwork explores my inner natures and tendencies that,
at times, I am afraid to communicate. The viewer is only able to see glimpses of
the character’s narrative for example, in my photo intaglio series “The Dead
Rabbit;” hints of nostalgia and patterns of serious reminiscing are recognizable.
I utilize myself as a model in almost all of my work adding a dimension of
self-portraiture, leaving the character entirely up to me. I find the experience of
photographing one’s self to be meditative, introspective, and surprisingly
spiritual. In my tintype series, “Self in Flight,” I have created a character that is
playful and almost anxious, but is hindered by her past. The imagery is
evocative of a dance and is transformative in nature. The tintype medium is
intimate. The element of self-portraiture leaks through the images and provides a
personal experience for the viewer.
Stepping behind the camera is a different reality for me. When I
photograph a dead animal, I take a glimpse of their remains, I use their forms to
create lumen prints, and I feature them in my intaglio prints. I physically lay
their bodies against the photo paper and capture that experience; these acts
become ritualistic and continue to inform the transcendent quality of my work.
Each way that I expose the animal becomes another splinter of the story.
These lamentations of self-experience, subconscious wanderings, and
reminiscent narratives make up my creativity. I blend realistic and lyrical fiction
to create photos and prints that reflect a story not fully told.