||[Feb. 15th, 2007|03:30 pm]
Artist Statement for my recent work|
My work deals with intimacy and nostalgia.
To me it speaks on a personal level about the idea of finding ‘home’ and trying to recreate a feeling that represents my idea of home. Growing up, my family moved every couple of years and by the time we settled down, the damage had been done. I no longer knew the definition of home, let alone was I able assign the idea to a certain place.
Now the question of home haunts me, and my photographs deal with how I look back and assess all the places of my past, and also how I concentrate on my current address, and how that factors into my concept of home.
Whether I am photographing the people that are currently dominant in my life in their intimate surroundings, or trying to recreate small essences of memories, I try to make all the images convey a hint of nostalgia and a sense of being adrift.
When trying to recreate the moments from my past, I try to do it ideologically rather than physically since the people and locations are no longer accessible. By looking in my current surroundings for something that reminds me of what I am trying to recreate, I end up fusing past with the present and I blur the line between what I have already been through, and what I am facing.
Most of the meaning of my photographs may be lost on the viewer who does not know of my intentions, and has not been through the same personal experiences that I have, so I try to seek out moments that will be aesthetically pleasing, therefore if the communication falters, at least there will be something pretty to look at. The scenes that I find the most attractive have natural light, so I try to work with and around the light and accommodate it as opposing to altering it. The result, I hope, is an image that is appealing, while still able to conjure up the impressions of nostalgia and intimacy.