In this series, I am using my old photographs, duplicating them, cutting them, and reconfiguring them. While making these collages I was thinking of several things. One was our cells and how they replicate (thanks to the code saved in our DNA), creating a new body every seven years. The other was CRISPR, a program researchers are making breakthroughs with that can identify a faulty part of our DNA, cut it out and replace it with a healthier version.
Leaf (version 3)
Leaf (version 2)
Leaf (version 1)
Walnut (organ system)
Trunks and Knots
The Curious Creatures
The egg and the walnut. Similar shaped, one is smooth, white, symbolizing fertility. The other rough, dark, dry. What creatures would be birthed from this anti-egg?
I wanted to use walnuts because they have always been part of my life. Trees in the backyard, gathering them every fall. Eating them throughout the year thanks to freezer bags full of them. As part of my need for exploration, and getting deeper inside things, I decided to take a bunch of walnuts, crack them open into trays and excavate the remains. Finding the most interesting parts, I put them back together to be seen in a new way. These pieces are semi autobiographical; after a second round of chemo I learned of my infertility. Every dream after, I was full of walnuts, and a need to make my loss, into a gain.
After working with the walnuts, I moved to paper. A delicate and ephemeral material. I wanted to create new creatures that showed our temporality. Our isolation and our vunerablity.
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek is inspired by the Overkalix study which observed how famine can affect the expression of genes on subsequent generations. In the study, a child’s access to food was found to have an impact on the BMI’s of their grandchildren. Essentially, childhood trauma can “turn on” and “turn off” how a gene was expressed many generations after the trauma occurred.
v1, translucent with exposed copper
This series is about the unseen and invisible forces contained in the environments around us. These photographs serve as a kind of histology of our environments, both urban and rural.
Oblique Illumination is a term used in microscopy referring to seeing a specimen from the side angle in order to see otherwise invisible features. In this series of photographs, I was using the camera to do something similar by cropping my photographs and running them through several editing programs (apps, Photoshop, etc) to find the hidden elements.
Work in Progress, Experiments, and Explorations
Lately I've been obsessed with living in a cloud. In a literal since since I live in the foggiest neighborhood of San Francisco, and figuratively. Hazy, ill defined, imperfect, messy, and human. Things appear and disappear, are never known, shift as they come into focus, then they disappear just as they become known. I live for the mist. Of life in the cloud. It leads to possibilities rather than resolutes. It is fantasy and it is time travel. If I ever wake up to a new world or a new existence, it will be born from a cloud.
Glowing Light #1
View From the Back of the Bus
Steam from the Financial District
Lights From Window #2: Upstairs and Downstairs
Hide and Seek
Portal to the Past
Light Room, Corner
Around the House
Everyday we are surrounded by objects, those that have the power to evoke memory, history, and family. Through these objects we connect ourselves to the greater human experience. They reflect love, pain, loss, humor, and even more so connect us to human history, evolution, and the lives of our ancestors. Our experiences with these objects are imbued in our psyches, in our genes, objects passed through generations, and objects that remind us of something we just can’t figure out...