This series was created out of neglect and admiration from two different men. In many ways, this work is more of a self-portrait than a study of landscape. The discarded objects are representations of me. My biological dad abandoned me and when I finally was given a chance to reconnect with him he took it upon himself to commit suicide. Out of coping with that trauma, I fell in love with photography. I was drawn to capturing trash and photographing it in a way to make it aesthetically pleasing; to bring back life to unwanted things. It was my high school teacher that guided me on the path to being an artist. It was his compassion and influence that lead me to my current path and for this reason I call this man father.
I have always enjoyed the surreal and macabre. In my pursuit of studying the human condition, I took it upon myself to capture the human form that diverged from stereotypical beauty. Opening a platform to begin a conversation about human existence that is beyond the surface and resides within the mind.
A Study of the Human form
Three ideas have impacted my life: death, duality, and isolation. Like many, morality is a major issue in life. The loss of key figures in my existence seems to be always ever-growing. Understanding this type of trauma is something that we all must do to heal. However, for me, coping with this idea causes a dichotomy with-in my mind. I am constantly battling between fact and fiction. Because these concepts are personal, I am left alone to deal with these thoughts. In this series, I wanted to explore not only how a body interacts in space but also how light affects the interpretation of a composition.
My work has always been safe in the sense that I am always in control and the work is replicable. To push my limits as a digital artist I collage images together using a printmaking technique to transfer them onto a surface. It is a one-off process, meaning that each print is unique and I never know what the final image will look like until the process is finished.