It is our moment. It is our chance to make it count. Discovery and action are important in my work, as is the process; and, of course, passion. There it is, life outside right now. There it was, history and society always informing. Sometimes I stand in opposition to it, sometimes I use it in the work.
It is a crazy, messed-up, beautiful world at war and in harmony. There is a spark of awareness then a hunger for more. My life is entwined with photography so the raw photograph becomes the earliest visual form, a sketch of this awareness. The work evolves through my method of production. I use an 1800’s photographic process called gum bichromate, which uses contact negatives to produce an image which can be added to layer by layer with watercolor pigment. I enhance the materiality of this process by applying it to a traditional rabbit-skin glue gesso on panel. After 20 years of working with alternative photographic processes, I am currently dedicating my creative output to refining and communicating through this one process. I think of my work like a slow snapshot. The photographic image capture is a fraction of a second slice of this world, yet, continues to change by this building up, like stratum. I over and under develop to cause drips, sand off areas and reapplying fragmented layers. I use the sense of reality provided by a photograph; and, I use Photoshop.
I see the obstacle of consumerism playing a large role in shaping our society. Unchecked material desire leaves the door open for conflict and unending war. I feel compelled to look for ways in which my actions can influence a positive change. In the homeless encampments of Oakland, I find more than sociopolitical travesty; it’s a straight up fight for survival, as well as freedom from the statutes of convention.