My artwork is concerned with issues of personal identity and the capacity for positive change in this contemporary moment. How can we achieve a clearer vision of ourselves and the world around us in an age consumed by materialism and mass media? How can we realize genuine human interaction in an era increasingly dominated by electronic communication? How can we make a lasting and positive impact at a moment when confidence in our ability to achieve personal and political change is understandably weak?
Several portfolios of work reveal the inextricable link between my own journey of self-discovery and my artistic projects. In a series of black and white landscape photographs taken entirely from moving trains, I documented desolate and lonely landscapes, often highly distorted by rapid motion. These images capture the emotional state of the traveler, who is changing places both literally and figuratively. They exist in a place between representation and abstraction - a place of solemnity and isolation, but not without hope and beauty.
Another recent portfolio consists of reflections of light on buildings and cars in urban settings. Once again, the photographs are captured in lonely, disconnected environments. There is a vibrant sense of motion and depth, and the images have strong emotional content. And as the word "reflections" implies, these photographs involve a search for deeper understanding and personal transformation. In fact, it is impossible to obtain these images by focusing on the surface of objects. It is only when the camera lens is focused beneath the surface that these reflections are revealed.
Most recently, I created a series of self-portraits that have been mediated through a variety of electronic devices, including televisions, computers, still cameras, video cameras, and cell phones. By retaining clear evidence of their travels from one electronic source to another, this work exposes the extent to which we are creating a post-human identity in electronic media. On the one hand, the self-portraits are many times removed from their original source, conveying a sense of detachment, isolation and confusion. They are fragmented and blend with broadcast imagery, indicating that our identities are awkwardly pieced together from disparate media sources. On the other hand, the work acknowledges the allure and possibility inherent in a shift from a material body to a cyberspace body, particularly as environmental threats to our physical future become more evident. By revealing the difficulties associated with post-human identity while at the same time reveling in its sense of possibility, this portfolio is a case study on the challenges of we face at the beginning of the 21st Century.
All of this work invites us to travel to another place that is simultaneously uplifting and ominous. This ambiguity is an accurate reflection of any meaningful personal journey. The paradox that I find in these projects - of intimacy borne out of isolation, clarity borne out of distortion, and transcendence borne out of the mundane - is still a partial mystery and a source of ongoing fascination.