Blueprints and Structures Exhibitions
Blueprints is a photographic work that explores the interaction between light and matter in the construct of reality. Using pinhole techniques I have captured the intimate and private space of my sleep cycle, during which my existence is questionable. This work addresses the vulnerability one has during sleep to the voyeuristic eyes of another. It is my intent to examine how light interacts with matter. I am interested in photography as a process through which to more fully understand my existence. The images suggests that time is flowing rather than stopped in a single moment. Light is what interacts with the physical matter to bring out an image. The figure in the bed is often not visible due to the movement. Does this mean that the figure cannot fully exist without being awake? Are we a part of our dreams as much as we are a part of our physical reality? Is this a true perception of what has happened during the night? The final images were created using the cyanotype process that was originally intended for the creation of blueprints. The cyanotype process allows the images to be seen in a different context than just an image we view and can move away from. Photography allows me to open up my understanding of the physical universe. I hope that by opening up my lens, I might also allow others to see.
Structures was created during the same time as Blueprints. This work discusses the complicated structures in which we live -- the ones that we create and the ones we destroy. I created a “wall” out of plywood that symbolizes mental and physical structures that we often erect as barriers to truth. The process of creating my “wall” involved layering recycled paper materials and other media. These layers that I created were influenced by the dreams I had during the photographic process. The layers have been torn back and recreated several times. The work which you see here consists of monotype screen prints that document my involvement with the “wall.” The intent of this work is to examine the process of creation and the interaction with structures both physical and mental. I hope through this work with constructing and deconstructing my own barriers there might be a hint of truth that is recognizable to others.