My work is a digital collage drawn from nature. One may witness a hummingbird frozen in a moment, an angelic figure, water defying gravity, or a harsh memory of a nightmare juxtaposed with meditative self reflective imagery. I encourage viewers to locate hidden faces, expose a new reality and get lost in these visuals as if they were a mind altering drug.
"The task of cinema or any other art form is not to translate hidden messages of the unconscious soul into art, but to experiment with the effects contemporary technical devices have on nerves, minds, or souls.” —Maya Deren
I am inspired by Maya Deren's, 1940s avant-garde filmmaker, analysis of her works and her refusal to interpret her work for the viewer. In her various essays, she writes about her predilection not to talk about what her work means to her personally. I too provide artistic analysis up to the viewer. I believe in letting my varied mediums cultivate an air of mystery. I spark the questions of what one is looking at, how the images were produced and how my work manages to blur the mediums within visual arts.
I am heavily influenced by the films and experimental photography of Jack Smith. In his film Flaming Creatures (1963) he utilizes visual abstraction and in-camera techniques to warp perspectives. Concerning inspiration from his photography, I specifically resonate with his use of saturation and experimental color schemes from his body of work created between 1958 and 1962.
lastly, I draw a primary attraction for both Maxfield Parrish and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. My work is heavily influenced by their use of color, composition, subject matter and romantic ambiance. I delight in their lush dreamlike environments and esoteric escape from the world around them.