20 imagesWorking with film and alternative processes, I utilize negative space, texture and abstract design as a means of processing the themes of grief and displacement. This series incorporates Burlington's unique lakeside landscape. Since relocating in 2015 I have made multiple exposures of the waterfront with a Holga medium format camera, sometimes superimposing anonymous public art over the landscape to create a double image. Included are the same five images, re-created in different ways, as well as the mistakes I have made along the way. From the beginning to the end of the cyanotype process, I relinquish my sense of control. Mistakes and change are inevitable, and I believe (I hope) these two things ultimately lead to a deeper sense of acceptance.
20 imagesBefore she died in 2004, my mother told me to look for expressions of peace in the world. "So I would say that God's peace is available, and he uses many different expressions of peace but you have to continue to look for them and expect to find them." In 2003, I was living in London and my mother met me in Paris to tell me what I had felt, but didn't want to know. It was there I learned her health was failing much more rapidly than I had expected. I made my way back to the United States to be with her, to bear witness to her journey to the end of her life. On the tenth anniversary of her death, I returned to France, to discover new places and explore where we had once been together. As often as possible, I return to create images for this ongoing series, searching for new expressions of the peace found in the light, line and gesture of everyday life. I leave the scratches and dust on these negatives to remind me that my search for peace itself is imperfect.
16 images"Landscape recalls you into a mindful mode of stillness, solitude and silence, where you can truly receive time...Time is transfiguration."-- John O'Donohue. This body of work is in progress, an ongoing collection of 120 film images that I've made in 2018. For now, they represent the space between a certain past and uncertain future, a liminal state of being.