PERSONAL WORK & STUDENT WORK
The first 10 images are from the series, A House, A Home. The second 10 images are from the series, Volley. Each image is labeled accordingly with title, dimensions, media, and date of creation. Statements for each series can be found before the start of the images.
Examples of student work can be found after my personal projects. Each image is labeled accordingly with name of artist, Institution and date.
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A HOUSE, A HOME
In the series, A House, A Home, I isolate ubiquitous household objects as a way to begin to investigate traditions of domestic American life. My observations are rooted in my own personal indulgences, tendencies, and expectations, and how I see myself existing within this larger system. I'm interested in revealing some of the complex layers of this shared cultural vernacular through pairing the familiar with the unexpected, and creating anticipation in the viewer that is never quite resolved. The interventions and style of capture re-contextualize the objects as a way to challenge traditional domesticity and to pose questions about convention, consumption, and convenience as staples of American popular culture.
This body of work examines my relationship to my childhood experiences and the images that have come to represent them. I am able to identify events in family snapshots, but I do not recall the actual experiences. In this sense the photographs inform my childhood identity no matter how detached I feel from the experiences themselves, and the distinct color palette of 1980s snapshots plays a large part in how I now perceive my adolescence as an adult.
With these ideas in mind, I use methods of physical and digital manipulation to push the original snapshots into a visual language that more accurately depicts my disintegrating relationship to the events in the initial capture. I photograph the original images and digitally sample a variety of colors within each image that best represents it. I then photograph my computer screen individually filled with each sampled color and blend these images with the original.
The surface of the final images consists of color fields and moire patterns with faded silhouettes and hints of photographic information. The optical interference created by the layers of digital artifacts makes it difficult for the viewer's eye to discern exact content or rest within the frame; disrupting any familiarity or intimacy commonly associated with the personal snapshot. With these visual tactics, I am attempting to communicate the inherent disconnect between experience, representation, and memory.
The large prints create a dynamic visual experience for the viewer; drawing her or him in with the pleasing pastel color palette while simultaneously repelling through the use of disorienting patterns.
The following images are examples of student work under my instruction between 2013-2016 at The University of New Mexico, Doña Ana Community College, and New Mexico State University. All work is labeled with the artist, institution, and date of creation.