My work is concerned with the concept of multiple dimensions in space and alternate realities that exist simultaneously in our everyday lives. I am interested in the potential for these realities to be glimpsed through our interactions with and experiences within our environment.
I take two seemingly disparate types of pictures: color images of my surroundings and black-and-white images of window screens. I photograph my neighborhood, a middle class suburb with woods and the natural world woven throughout it. This is the world I grew up in and a world I am constantly trying to escape. I then combine these photographs with the screen images.
The screens are based on neuroscientist Heinrich Kluver’s ‘form constants’, or patterns that one sees while hallucinating. I am interested in how screens both admit and deny matter and how, by pushing this even further through digital manipulation, I can use them to alter space and create a new, unsettling environment where barriers begin to break down.
I am always struck by the imposing, almost suffocating presence of Southern magnolias. The one you see here had its branches hung perfectly in a “v” form, creating two openings into a sunlit grassy field. With this photograph, the screen image fit well into the composition of the landscape and allowed me to fracture the space even more.
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