Full Artist's statement
My studio practice includes both exhibition work as well as public interactive projects. Photography and text are are central to both in an exploration of the relationship between the personal and political, identity and marginalization. I am very conscious of speaking to an audience, declaring private musings publicly to play with taboos or challenge social norms. The didactic nature of my use of text derives from our desire to communally declare and explore our seemingly private selves. And though I have very definite ideas that motivate and direct my work, I encourage viewers to experience and interpret my art as it relates to their own lives.
My gallery work originates with a word or phrase that exemplifies and distills a situation. Inspiration comes from historical, scientific and psychological readings along with the anecdotal evidence of friends. Text appear in my photos sometimes as digital additions or physically placed on fabricated objects into styled installations. These interruptions of everyday life reveal the cultural bias, stereotypes and socio-political realities that underlie our seemingly ?politically correct? society. ?From street photography to the pastoral, I utilize different shooting styles according to the theme, often letting circumstantial accidents inject authenticity and humor into the subject.? I sometimes utilize commercial manufacturers to produce the objects with words that appear in my photographs. Phrases are printed on coffee mugs, cut out of steel benches and even laser etched into common apples.?These fabricated objects are uniquely displayed along side the archival ink jet prints.
Public Interactive Work
The desire to explore a societal issue also drives the concepts for my public interactive work. My interactive pieces always include an internet aspect for comments and images continuing and extending the conversation. The documentation photographs from past interactive projects have been shown in galleries previously.