Original source image on the left and my image, The Gifts of Life on the right.

Original source image on the left and my image, The Gifts of Life on the right.

MEMORY REFERENCE

I began incorporating family images beyond my personal album as a way to create a collective history, one which would allow individuals to bring their own memories to my work.

The 19th century portrait, landscape and the digital media help me communicate my interpretation of the human experience. By extracting people from their original context and then placing them into fabricated landscapes, I hope to retell a story of their being, one which allows the images to acquire a life of their own.  While the pieces from photographs verify an actual lived experience, the landscape stands as my metaphor for life, demarcating its quality, where the horizon suggests an endless time.

My interest in the electronic environment lies in the believability of the photograph and malleability of the digital medium. I feel my work is successful when it expresses my personal thoughts and experiences. However, the specific stories are not necessary to understand the work, but they are what drive their creation.  My images have become a visual diary, a place where I come to terms with life.

Silver Dye-Bleach Prints sizes vary from 10" x 8" to 30" x 50" and 50" x 40"

1990-1998