Installations & More

Installations & More

I find fascination in removing the photograph from the traditional white mat with a black frame and using it to create something much more unique. Historically, photographers have put a restraint on themselves more so than any other medium. During the nineteenth century, photographers struggled to be seen as artist and wanted their work in galleries and museums. The idea that the photographic image had to be placed into a style that needed to be uniformly the same is a far too traditional way of looking at photography.

Now the photographic image is seen in so many different ways. Artists have gone beyond the use of traditional photographic papers and found opportunities to display their work on other forms to include both two-dimensional, three-dimensional surfaces and beyond. The photographic image is projected, printed and even sculpted to create a new vision of photographic art.

The use of the installation is a method to get audiences to experience the medium in an advanced way. The photographic image no longer has to be representational, but now can be free by pulling the work off the wall to create interaction and experiences that go beyond what photography had once done. I use installations as a mode to reach my viewer on a more personal level. Emerging them into the image and giving them the opportunity to feel that interaction in multiple ways beyond the simple visual perspective. The installation can become a timeline, create anxiety, or share a feeling of euphoria.


Light Studies
The light studies series work have been shown nation wide in a variety of mediums. In many cases, the images are printed on canvas to give the impression that the image is a painting. Many people see the image as a painting instead of photography. The canvas lends itself nicely to the image because it creates a softer more natural feel to the coloring, similar to the way it appears in nature. 

For the faculty show at University of Kentucky, the curator allowed me to experiment further with my idea of light by creating these twenty-five foot light panels that were printed onto cotton sheeting. The images are hung to show how light falls down on the Earth and is reflected off everything around us. 
    







Memorials

This series of installation artwork came out of many discussions with other couples that had been struggling with infertility issues.  One couple came to us and were very excited as they finally were able to get pregnant after eight years of trying. After three months, she had a miscarriage that almost took her life.  They described to us how they had already bought items for a nursery and because of their loss, now the nursery seemed more like a place of mourning than of hope.

The items used in the Memorial's Project are from couples that had bought these items in hopes for a child.  Every memorial has an epitaph with the name of a actual child that never came into this world.  These memorials were placed into environments that couples with infertility issues and the general public could experience.  Because I never get official permission, the placement of these memorials would only last a few days. 







Waiting For Failure
This collection of artwork comes from different shows that have been highlighted throughout the infertility series. This work ranges from 2D wall piece and book art to sculpture and full size room installations. The jars along the wall are color images printed to glass plates on miniature platforms. The blocks are twenty inch wood sculptures that are repeated with a twelve foot replica with a bedroom for the interior.    















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