My work seeks to rethink the tropes of photography by replacing the more common process of peering through a lens with a more immediate, physical experience. An analogous distinction can be made between easel paintings that function as windows and the sort of trompe l’oeil murals favored by Baroque ceiling painters. While in the former the audience experiences the scene at a distance, in the latter, the viewer is immersed in an irrational world. I am interested in a similar, personal, physical--even visceral--reaction from the viewer that bypasses higher intellectual functions and goes directly for the midbrain.
The subject the work is often our troubled relationship to the natural world, as a society and as individuals. The work seeks to create an intersection of the somatic and the conceptual where human frailty isn’t merely theory but a potential and immediate danger.
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