After an undergraduate education in many disciplines of the arts in Washington, DC, Lacoste, France, Oxford, England, and Bennington, VT, I finally completed my BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a concentration in painting. I was restless; still am today, which characterizes my work as I express the very basic human need and potential ability to hold on to a moment when life is in perpetual flux.
I turned to photography, which provided me with greater possibilities for capturing what is assumed "real" (the initial photograph) by transforming it as "unreal" (the post- editing image). Even subtly manipulating an image can transcend a past reality and inhabit a different, more psychological space.
My work is often an expression of movement and duality. I am asking a question in each of my images; there are no answers. I question the stopping of time within a picture and the reinterpretation of memory, of change.
I am fascinated by the concept of duality within a person, that enormous landscape which exists invisibly inside of us but coexists with our deteriorating and misleading exterior; and the duality of what we present to others against the hidden narrative that only ourselves can hear. Does this create a stark division between people no matter how much we desire to connect to others, how fiercely we want to understand and be understood, to be loved with a knowing passion, to be seen directly?
Duality plays out in many ways within our lives and especially in our concept of living and dying. In my work there is the intentional accident, a contradiction in itself, yet a visual path to initiate inside of the viewer their own concepts of vulnerability, personal barriers, and human fragility unseparated from paramount strength.