Earth Eggs

For me the original impetus for making a picture is the suggestion of the erotic I find in natural forms. It is the power of the surf that first attracts me, the compelling repetition. It is relentless, constantly demanding that something be given up to it. Its rhythm is just off. I find myself drawn to it, into it. It caresses the rocks, comes slamming in, pulls back, and slithers out. The power seems its greatest as the surf makes its final withdrawal, that moment just before the next inrush. It is this power in reverse, in retreat, much as I imagine the power of a black hole, that compels me to make the picture: my guard against disappearing into the unknown, my gesture in response to the overwhelming that exists in myself and in nature.

The pictures are quiet in a world where screams are many times not heard. They attempt beauty in a time of garish conspicuousness. They are drawn from inside and move to the outside and a larger pattern of meaning.

The sequence in which any group of these photographs is arranged is as important as the individual image. In addition the relationship of the parts in any given image changes as it is seen in the context of the whole work. The spatial relationships, the scale and perspective, within each picture and between pictures become a key to the larger mystery. This process is extended by using two or three images to read as one or by using a grid of nine. This play of line and shape, color and tone, space and scale from one image to the next establishes the narrative.

The images are sometimes suggestively sensual, sometimes distinctly minimal. They reflect in varying degrees the Bauhaus basis of my art training, my austere Presbyterian heritage and my instinctive sensual response.

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The Culture Series

The Culture Series, juxtaposes cultural symbols and at times natural forms. It is an investigation of myth; the myths of culture, the myths of history, the myths of religion and… the myth as culture, as history and as religion. Myth is the exegesis of symbol. Symbol is both the visible sign and the significance of that sign. I am interested in the moment of artistic/symbolic formation; how it is described, defined, determined. My picture making questions the definitions of myth; myth in its strict sense of visual iconography; myth as fanciful, fictitious, ahistorical; myth as a traditional and legendary story. And, my belief that much of what is deemed ‘Culture’ in the eurocentric world is the myth of the established hierarchy.

The Culture Series invites layered interpretations, contemplation of the physical and spiritual worlds we inhabit. It explores new relationships and the possible meanings that arise when cultural components are assembled and juxtaposed. It is an attempt to reimagine new narratives, to seek alternative histories, histories that free us of the mythic stereotype.

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China Series

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Images of Self

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