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An exploration of India, rapidly evolving, 70+ years after gained its independence from Great Britain. Old and new technologies, class disparity, and religions are juxtaposed and blended through panoramic photographs taken while traveling through the country. Expansion and contraction of space and time highlight the complex balancing act of cultures that share these public spaces. These images are crops of the full images which are 18"x80".
Earth Energies and Sacred Sites
Images of survivors gathering at sacred sites, such as those often referred to as "Thin Spaces," many years after an apocalypse.
Pretty Pictures and Text Messages
Text messages I have sent to people illustrated by images of State and National parks primarily in Missouri and Illinois.
A reflection on our emotional attachment to objects, people, and places and inspired by an interest in the differentiation between collecting and hoarding. The title is an homage to minimalist living guru Marie Kondo.
Cosmic Refuse is composed of vignettes of imagined cosmic dumping grounds. The photographs are composed using machines intended for women's use around the home that have a sci-fi or spaceship like appearance and were produced during a time when women were not allowed in the American space program. In addition to the machine images, I am creating landscapes using recipes for slime and similar at home science experiments that I found on "Mommy blogs."
Intergalactic Explorer: Across the Universe
Intergalactic Explorer is based on several years of research on pulp fiction novel covers of the early 1900s, Sci-Fi movies of the 60s and 70s, and corporate motivational posters. This series of images aims to address aspects of global culture and imperialism on an intergalactic level. The landscapes help establish the emotional tone of the work. I incorporates components, such as slime making science kits and sci-fi gun design, which represent methods of play that would have been more socially acceptable had I been born male.
Intergalactic Battle Ground
Intergalactic Explorer: Code of Conduct
This series conveys nostalgia for a time when our knowledge of outer space was more limited and we were just starting our voyages into the great unknown. Anything was possible, and travelers had to possess extraordinary intelligence, heroism, and bravery in order to survive the dangers ahead.
Preparedness: Always bring a gun to a knife fight.
Perseverance: Sometimes you have to wade pretty deep in the shit to find what you are
Team Work: You'll need a buddy if you want to make it to the top.
Compassion: Never forget to bring home a wonderful new discovery for Mother.
Sacrifice: Even the Gods get hungry.
This photograph is a transition piece shot between the collaged characters and the
Constructed and photographed vignettes of microcosms. This group of images specifically focuses on feelings of powerlessness and insignificance individuals may experience on our immense planet. These emotions may be brought on by a real or imagined lack of control humans have over their individual lives and the world around them. Unlike previous bodies of work, I left the titles sparse and ambiguous, encouraging the viewer to imagine their own narrative.
Life, Literature, and the War on Terror
These images are in direct response to mundane moments of life, current cultural events including the ongoing conflict in the middle east, and historical literary quotes. Together these images form a vignette regarding contemporary societal pressures.
Theater of the Mundane
This series over dramatizes the mundane moments of daily life. The images strongly references existentialist theory and themes found in the writings of Samuel Beckett, such as codependency on others and the will to survive.
Issues of identity within relationships are explored in this series. Specific issues include the roles people play and the underlying tensions that result.