Light As Identity

As a person with physical differences that I can’t control I deal with feelings of alienation. My work is an expression of the psychological impact those feelings have on me and my interpretations of others. Much of my identity was shaped by traumatic childhood experiences and family interactions, but how I see myself and the world has changed as I grow older. I am fascinated by the human ability to transcend pain and retrieve something of value from it. My work is about this per- sonal evolution, and the act of creating the work provides the opportunity to con- sider aspects of past memories in a new light.

I create my work with a lensless large format camera. The image is captured on a sheet of film by light passing through a small hole. These cameras employ long exposures which allow meditative moments and a reflection on what I am creating. I employ alternative printing processes such as palladium and gum bichromate. These time intensive processes are a way to meditate with the image and watch it transform and change, much as I do through the making of my work.

Visible Layer
Visible Layer

Palladium Print 6"x7"

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The Window
The Window

Palladium Print 6"x7"

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Inside Outside
Inside Outside

Palladium Print 6"x7"

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Dark and Light
Dark and Light

Palladium Print 6"x7"

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Inside
Inside

Palladium Print 6"x7"

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Glow
Glow

Palladium Print 6"x7"

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Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait

Palladium Print 6"x7"

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My Shawl: My Comfort My Burden
My Shawl: My Comfort My Burden

Palladium Print 6"x 4"

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