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.
My work evolves through the method of production. I work with a 19th century photographic process called gum bichromate, which uses contact negatives to produce an image. The image is added to layer by layer with a watercolor pigment emulsion. I enhance the materiality of this process by applying it to a traditional rabbit-skin glue gesso on a mahogany 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 my building it up, like stratum. I over expose and under develop to cause drips, sand off areas and brush emulsion in fragmented layers. I use the sense of reality provided by a photograph along with anachronistic methods to slow the process down allowing for further contemplation. It is a process driven art, using digital capture, Photoshop and the computer along with the handmade analog process, and even, surface painting if needed to move the concepts along.
Against time investigates causes and effects of some of the social issues in our current society. It tackles materialism from the point of the consumer who cannot satiate the craving for more and more goods. Unchecked material desire leaves the door open for fear, conflict and unending war. Racism, poverty and homelessness commingle emerging from this crisis. 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. There is the full spectrum of life, however, with the caveat that it is a straight up fight for survival, as well as, freedom from the statutes of convention.