Artist Statement

Our memories play a vital role in how we connect to the world.  We tend to remember fragments of events and these fragments come together to form an interpretation of these experiences. I am attracted to how memories are made; I want to understand how they connect with our actual experiences, and the role that imagination has in their creation.   Memories often mutate into each other, leaving impressions on one another, often making it difficult to distinguish one experience from another.  I am examining how memories are played out in the mind, how they are experienced.  I am investigating how memories and images exist in the framework of the mind.  Just like the construction of memory, my work makes connections between multiple layers to form the overall imagery.   Only when we have fully dissected the individual components and collected all necessary mental artifacts can we begin to understand the bigger picture.

Working with a variety of media allows me to work in the appropriate medium for that memory or experience.  With that said, much of my practice is rooted in photography.  I am drawn to how photography is a way of preserving a moment in time, a way of understanding memories.  The very nature of photography lends it itself to the discussion of time and perception. In my work I explore different modes of presentation, ranging from a single print to an installation.

The temporality of a moment is represented in a shadow. That moment will never happen again in same way you remember it.  My interest in shadows is driven by the idea that people, places, and encounters leave a trace on your memory.  Shadows are evidence that something exists and can only exist in the essence of another object. Similarly, memories are markers that form who you are today and exist with or without your acknowledgement.