ICE

ICE: A Fragile Force
suite one

Although ice has the power to carve through mountains creating prairies and lakes, its strength now diminishes each day as the ice drips away, unreplenished. Near the top of the earth in Greenland and further south in the Antarctic, I photographed this massive elegant, fragile beauty. This is a collection of the inspiring, elegant, unaltered photographs digitally captured In Antarctica and Greenland.

 

ICE

ICE: A Fragile Force
suite two

Although ice has the power to carve through mountains creating prairies and lakes, its strength now diminishes each day as the ice drips away, unreplenished. Near the top of the earth in Greenland and further south in the Antarctic, I photographed this massive elegant, fragile beauty.
This is a collection of the inspiring, elegant, unaltered photographs digitally captured In Antarctica and Greenland.
suite two exploits the unpredictability, changes of color and definition in expired film to explore the losses incurred during the passage of time.

 

ICE

ICE: A Fragile Force
suite three

Although ice has the power to carve through mountains creating prairies and lakes, its strength now diminishes each day as the ice drips away, unreplenished. Near the top of the earth in Greenland and further south in the Antarctic, I photographed this massive elegant, fragile beauty.
These photographs continue the degradation of the already distorted images with the addition of hand applied oil medium, dry carbon pigment, and particles of coal.

 

 

Out of the Past: constructed reality

1-OutofthePast23-30x40Since my aunt took me as a young girl to the afternoon matinees, film noir has been my favorite genre. Out of the Past centers on these films and is shot entirely with a camera obscura. To explore the simultaneous, yet conflicting, immersive and dissociate qualities of movies, I use original film stills as a backdrop for a new tableau of objects. The juxtaposition of found artifacts and the camera obscura with contemporary technology and concepts brings a unique cultural relevance to this work. Iconic images—from Peter Lorre in Casablanca to Louis Jouvet in The Lower Depths—draw the viewer in to further explore the added complexity in each image.

Some of these works are included in the traveling exhibition Reality is a Good Likeness, launched by the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.

united states: myth and reality

1-unitedstates24-30x20united states is a provocative series that points a lens at the world’s perception of America’s heritage–a conflation of beauty, mythical romance, and stark reality. Classic Westerns play a powerful role in our cultural perception of the United States, perpetuating myths and magnifying romance. By combining actual stills from influential films with my images taken in the modern-day West, this series brings to light the delicate balance and complex relationship between myth and reality. Iconic images from The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, High Noon, and other classics draw the viewer in with the familiar, while the subtle insertion of the modern adds a complex dimension to the works.

Some of these works are included in the traveling exhibition Reality is a Good Likeness, launched by the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.

 Alligator Balls and Cotton Candy: unmediated reality

Alligator Balls and Cotton CandyI continue the exploration of multiple realities and popular culture. With my images from county fairs across America, I showcase the unique expressions of individual communities uncontaminated by global and national considerations. From alligator balls and blue ribbon wines to live sheep-butchering and pony rides, this distinct series explores the many inlets to American culture.

Some of these works are included in the traveling exhibition Reality is a Good Likeness, launched by the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Narratives

Narrative #9While working on the series Out of the Past, I became very interested in my deconstructed narrative and the new possibilities that were opened. Just as our personal narratives evolve as we learn new information, I’ve added new images to these film frames. I hope the viewer will enjoy them and build a new story around them. The Narratives are juxtaposed images that include film frames, my own photography, and vernacular photographs.

Some of these works are included in the traveling exhibition Reality is a Good Likeness, launched by the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Mrs. Benifield

Mrs BenifieldI found this 19th-century photograph of Mrs. Benifield, my great-grandmother, in my father’s garage. It captured my imagination and led me to rummage through my studio looking for objects and memorabilia that connected with her image. These Mrs. Benifield montages are a record of what I found.

 

 

 

 9-11

1 nine eleven 1After watching this event on television, and having been in New York the week after this event, I (like many others across the nation) expressed my sadness and anger using the medium I know best. Still, my heart aches for those lost.

 

 

 

Relics

When I was a teenager, my family home and all of our belongings were destroyed. Ever since, I have had an interest in personal history and memorabilia. Over the years, objects collected from estate sales have filled my studio. As I use these objects in installations and photographs, they have become part of my own history and Relics is a record of just a few of them. Using a flatbed scanner, I have photographed them alone, grouped together, and occasionally combined with miscellaneous clutter found in my studio. These images represent only part of that inventory.

 

 

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