Regarding the “Uncommon Pairings” series:
Not wanting to repeat the work of Rauschenberg, yet feeling compelled to combine things, I developed a new way to explore “in the gap between art and life” (as Rauschenberg said) with everyday found art. Trained as a painter, I use my photographs and technology to compose my images. My work deals with creating a dialogue between extremes and hopes to address the fragility of life on this planet. I am fascinated by the cycles of life: birth, aging, and death that apply to all and the relationships we have with our environment and the transient nature of all phenomenon. I often use images of construction and destruction as metaphors of this cycle. I am involved with finding a dialogue between opposites, or a common ground between extremes. Chaos and order. Strength and fragility. Nature and man-made. Beauty and ugly. Useful and discarded. Meaningful and meaningless. Solid and Fluid. Transient and permanent.
The series of Uncommon Pairings are the result of an exercise to simplify things while still
making “very strong” statements (as curator Howard Fox of LACMA said as he reviewed my work).
Regarding the “Self Portraits in Flux” series:
According to Wikipedia, (a constantly changing encyclopedia,) Flux is “A simple and ubiquitous concept throughout physics and applied mathematics is the flow of a physical property in space…”
Deeply influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys and the Fluxus movement, which developed its ‘anti-art’, anti-commercial aesthetics, I often photograph images that represent change or flux. I am drawn to reflections, capturing the fluid moments in time that flicker by without notice and finding the abstractions and patterns that underlie the physical world giving us the clues to a larger reality.
Living in Los Angeles as the larger home to Hollywood culture, I am very aware of the image consciousness that pervades so much of the city and the hunger that is bred here to become an icon of that culture. Having been born with this mop of curly hair, I discovered early on that is how people recognize me at first glance, my hair is my own icon in a sense. In the course of my life I started capturing my reflection in unusual places and quickly realized my images are a counter point to the perfect bodies on billboards and in the media. Often a tongue in cheek response to the glamour world around us.
Finding myself in flux.