I have always loved images of the earth taken by astronauts. From that perspective, it seems obvious that everything on the earth is connected. And if everything is connected, then the earth seems more like a fragile organism than a solid mass. The earth’s stories take on new meaning. The elegance of atomic structures and the laws of physics suggest that deeper truths and odd coincidences lie beneath our planet’s surface. Could the meaning of life or the power of creation stories be waiting for us to hear cosmic messages both serious and funny? As a mere mortal, I cannot discern the songs of our planet, but as a photographer, I collect the echoes that sing of meaning. The feeling of interconnection informs my photography-based work. I study ways that different parts of the natural world might intersect. I observe small details and amazing vistas as I look for visual elements that repeat across times, locations, and materials. In my studio, I reflect on these experiences, uniting different places, perspectives, and objects while blending patterns, lines, and color. My compositions balance around a slim white line. That place is reserved for the viewer. It allows room to discover the interplay between the near and far vantage points, the intimate and infinite relative scales, and to see the natural world in a new way. Joining two images on a single page shifts the impact from what may seem like familiar landscapes into someplace unexpected. They invite the viewer into a natural setting imbued with mystery, reverence, and humor.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 to Saturday, March 31, 2018