Artifacts

The focus of Artifacts is objects from nature undergoing transformations by light as well as decay. I concentrated on the ordinary, the overlooked, the forgotten. What I find fascinating is the transformational power within these common things.  Sometimes I age them, sometimes I leave them exposed to the weather and then dissect them to expose their innards and sometimes I peel them and find hidden treasures beneath their skins. Then begins the process of placing an object in an environment of light and form that reveals an unexpected grace or tension or, sometimes, a disruption of clarity. That is where metaphor surfaces and the ordinary transforms into the extra-ordinary, the universal. A leaf on a small gourd placed in a lit environment that seems to destroy logic becomes like the Palazzo del Te, the Mannerist building from the 16th Century by Giulio Romano, designed to look as if it were about to fall down. A professor of biology told me I had mislabeled another image “Avocado Seed” — it couldn’t possibly be that. He was shocked when I told him I had eaten the avocado, dried the seed, then photographed it. 

16 x 20 inch prints in an edition of 15 of each.