Visual Artist
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Negative / Positive

Negative / Positive
(2013–present)

 

2013–present

An exploration of transformation and deception through the physical materials of analog photography.

Project Statement

Negative / Positive is a personal exploration of perception through the medium of photography. I make compositions using my old photographic materials. Looking purely at the physicality of these materials has catapulted me into a new realm of expression and creative obsession. I strive to walk the edge of focused detachment and wonder as the materials have an energy and direction of their own.

The creative process moves me like water between reality and imagination as I am captivated by decontextualization and restoration. Thousands of my 35mm slides and medium and large format pieces of film and prints become the inspiration. I have piles of plastic negative sleeves that held my film and slides in place, empty slide mounts which appear like structural containers and film - my insides, dreams and memories.

Small temporary sculptures are then built as I balance the sleeves, mounts or film. There is no glue nor clay. It is a tricky balancing act akin to making a house of cards. I then photograph the sculptures; the light comes solely from my two old light-boxes. Inside these boxes the bulbs are aging; they emit color that ranges from blue to apricot.

As with analog photography, I consider both the “negatives” and “positives” that are created, each has their own intrigue. Structures become apparent reminiscent of the buildings from my dreams as I wander from room to room. Landforms also emerge from the edges and I think about how we define the landscape. The transition zones transfix me as I continue to delve in to the inherent transformative and deceptive power of the medium of photography.