I create prints and/as objects. My research is driven by interests in the intersections of: Printed Objects, Archives, Chemistry, Astronomy, and Chance. I employ the visual alchemy of photographic materials, printmaking, and drawing to create forms that evoke an experiential and emotional viewing – understood through the meditative act of looking.
Portals is a multi-component project exploring color, chemistry and psychological perception. Portals is made of three sections: 1. Portals: a series of print variations of a repeated circular form, similar to a Rorschach Test, intended to explore how the viewer perceives variations in texture, surface, color, image, and time; 2. Manual: a catalog of Portals, including a photographic reference and the materials and procedures to create each printed object; and 3. Footnotes: a fictional archive of prints.
Each Portal is made with the principle of photogram. Each Portal utilizes light and/or pressure, typically in combination with each other, to create endless variations. Each sheet of paper is coated with an emulsion or mixture of varying composition, printed using photogram, monoprint and collograph techniques, drawn on, and/or physically altered to achieve each unique print.
Footnotes is a living collection of prints - existing as iterations. Footnotes is fluid in its form: a set of prints on the wall; an unbound book in a clamshell box; an installation of prints, objects, and documents. Footnotes are the counterpart to Portals; an archive made to be seen in relation to the primarily content-less Portals - with a viewing experience that evolves over time.
My work tends to feed itself in a cyclical way: one thing leading to the next. Portals are created with an initial material concern, but yield a provocation of perception. Portals lead to the research and development of the series Footnotes – sourcing imagery and material that I felt related back to the visual qualities found in each Portal. While in return, digging through archives of images and documents re-inspires a search for the next Portal.