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Artist Statement
As a mixed media artist, I gravitate towards materials that address my conceptual concerns. Photography’s ability to function as a memory trigger is a facet of the medium that I am drawn to. We look to photography to claim our place in the world and our understanding of the world. Yet this understanding only reflects a bias that is reflected in the photograph taken and in the memories that we bring to the image. The image itself, does not necessarily embody this wealth of information, it simply provokes the thought, taps a nerve, or perpetuates an idea. Because we are continually reconstructing our experiences over time, our perception of those events is constantly in flux. Whether good or bad, the further we move away from the events, the more we fabricate what actually occurred. The fraction of a second that is recorded on film not only speaks to the specific moment that the event took place but to the past and the understanding that there could be great gaps between the two. These gaps are what I explore in the studio.