I’m a self-taught, mixed media artist working primarily with photographs. Using a technique derived from the study of tapestry weaving, I combine multiple photos taken from a variety of perspectives to create a kinetic version of the original scene.
I’m particularly drawn to places that have been built or altered by humans. How people change their environment and then how that environment affects behavior has interested me for many years. It lead me to become a specialist in Human Factors, a field I remain self-employed in. This affords me access to a wide variety of settings I may not have had the opportunity to visit otherwise, from prisons to factories to high tech settings and everything in between. I notice that each of them embodies it’s own character and exudes it’s own influence on those who enter. In each weaving I try to reflect some of that character, as I perceive it.
Photography allows me to capture a scene. The process of cutting up and reconstructing that scene through weaving causes me to linger over every detail and get to know it well. In this way the street or building or field becomes a part of me and I feel deeply connected to it. Sense of place is extremely important to me and is a strong motivator for making my art.
I’m beginning to work with photos taken over many hours to show a scene over time, from morning to night for example, and hope to have a new series completed over the next year.
I’ve also been photographing layers of vintage glassware, from below, looking through them up into the sky. I think of the layers of glass as layers of memory, complete with chips and scratches, touched by many hands, and the sky as the infinite beyond. Some plates have candy in them. Life can be sweet. It can also be fragile, as a beautiful plate can shatter in a moment.