My process as an artist using photography is largely
intuitive and intentionally uncontrolled.
My subjects are drawn primarily from my domestic sphere and include
household vignettes, garden scenes, and tabletop still-life setups made of
commonplace objects. However, the
images lack homey familiarity. I
investigate, through extreme close-ups, unusual vantage points and lighting and
off kilter humor, the ways that the familiar can be flipped into the strange
I have always been a collector and connoisseur of all sorts
of objects and the online marketplace eBay has become an important source and
inspiration to my work. I’m
interested in Pop Culture and what the masses like, but my images always transcend
their commercial sources, re-conceiving them as otherworldly and occasionally
unsettling musings on matter. My
images, like distorting mirrors, use slyly subversive estrangement to awaken
the viewer to the world’s unexpected aesthetic possibilities.
From “Walnut Veneer,” an excerpt from the book Inside Out, by Rebecca Solnit.
“Maybe it's important to make a distinction between what gets called materialism and what real materialism might be. By materialistic we usually mean one who engages in craving, hoarding, collecting, accumulating with an eye to stockpiling wealth or status. There might be another kind of materialism that is simply a deep pleasure in materials, in the gleam of water as well as silver, the sparkle of dew as well as diamonds, an enthusiasm for the peonies that will crumple in a week as well as the painting of peonies that will last. This passion for the tangible might not be so possessive, since the pleasure is so widely available, much of it is ephemeral, and some of it is cheap, or free as clouds. Then too, the hoarding removes the objects- the Degas drawing, the diamond necklace- to the vault where they are suppressed from feeding anyone’s senses.”