A photograph documents and captures impermanent moments, while preserving memories and organizing time. It is a visual rendering of someone or something perhaps now intangible, and holds the power of sorting, noting, and remembering. My current body of work is a series of paintings, based on experimental film and digital photography, exploring themes of dissociation, transience, memory, and truth. Often featuring figures in outdoor environments, urban or natural, and sometimes both overlapping within the same piece, these works utilize traditional glazing techniques to create imagery that is slightly distorted or abstracted. These overlapping images create an outcome resembling the process of sorting through or recalling memories that feel scattered, wherein multiple distinct images attribute to the same experience.
When we imagine a person or place, we do not think of a single image but rather a constellation of images. Memory can be unreliable; every individual has different versions of past events, and moments can often become blurred or distant. My works express the slipperiness of questioned or manipulated memories, as well as the anxiety and altered perception of reality that occurs when a memory landmark cannot be secured or properly categorized. These works create situations and dreamlike atmospheres that evoke mystery while maintaining a psychological sensitivity. Referencing unconventional photographic abstractions, such as soft focus, motion blurs, and multiple exposures, I aim to express feelings of depersonalization and nostalgia, which disrupt the ability to understand or identify time. Soft surfaces and thin layers of paint create blurring effects to portray enigmatic atmospheres referencing time and place. While attempting to organize and regain association with particular memories, these works capture the transitory nature of our experiences, portraying the impact of past moments and people.