Artist's Statement

 
 

My interest in photography began as a teenager and has continued unabated over the past 40 years. My work consists of 10-20 print portfolios produced around a particular theme or visual idea. When I am looking for a new theme, I cast around exploring many possibilities and feeling somewhat disoriented. However, when I get a kernel of an idea, I start developing it, and a portfolio will evolve over a period of time.

For the past 15 years, my work has centered on reworking art and architecture from earlier periods. For instance, in one series I superimposed images of African dance masks onto images of contemporary African landscapes and cityscapes. I then hand-painted these images. This series emphasized the primitive strength of African art at a monumental scale. In another series, I reworked Egyptian hieroglyphics by hand-painting black and white images to capture a musical fluidity in the hieroglyphics.

My most recent work uses small square images set up in a grid to create the look of a mosaic. I started this series using images of carvings on headstones of early graves in New England. By reworking the images on these headstones I wanted to develop and expand upon their other-worldliness. Themes of self-reflection, death and resurrection, and spirituality are embedded in this work. I then used this same grid format to re-organize images of temples and tombs in Jordan. I was drawn to the visual complexity of these ruins, and by re-organizing and repeating parts of these images I sought to convey the visual complexity and unity found in the universe. These images evolved over a number of years. Finally, I recently completed a series from Barcelona where I photographed Antoni Gaudi’s architecture and sculpture and then reworked the images using the same grid format.

Throughout my portfolios, I have hand-painted some of the black and white silver gelatin images. I do this when I feel that color and texture are needed to strengthen the image and enhance my ideas.

I believe that each image should transcend its topic and have visual life, usually stemming from movement and rhythm.

Concord, MA
2009