The Family of Curiosities series began as these three paintings done primarily with espresso (the brown) with ultramarine watercolor for the detail. The process of painting them was highly ritualized, as was the disposal of the coffee and grounds. The paintings, documentation of the rituals and other found objects were combined in a display based on Victorian curiosity cabinets.
Works on paper from the ’09 Italy field study
- I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslateable, I sound my barbaric YOP over the roofs of the world
Twenty people were asked to read the above line from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. The soundwaves from each were translated into steel wire of varying sizes, which were then suspended from the ceiling.
Headshots and Portraits
An exploration of gender stereotypes, using hard-boiled detective fiction from the 40’s/50’s. I used dramatic lighting, props, etc, to recreate front covers to pulp paperbacks, showing the woman as either a perfect, frail victim, or a dangerous seductress. Instead of showing the women exactly as they are on the covers, however, here the model is dressed in plain black, with a direct, blank stare (thinking of Manet’s “Olympia”).
Pulp Series II
A continuation from the first series, only poking fun at male stereotypes as well. In addition to using models to recreate to front covers, I created ‘back covers’ using my own image, dressed up to portray six real pulp authors. The biographies of these authors were simplified, twisted, added to/subtracted from to create common male stereotypical roles. While the front replaces a stereotype with a real person, the back replaces a real person with a stereotype.
Scanned 35mm Negatives
Self Portrait Scans
The following were captured using an Epson scanner. Once taken, no further manipulation took place.