In our increasingly digital world, the definition of “reality” is constantly evolving and open to exploration. I'm fascinated by how our brains record visual bookmarks to recreate our experiences of space/place and by our subsequent willingness to accept intangibles as verisimilitude. Specifically I’m interested in the phenomenon of apophenia (our tendency to find patterns in random information and assign meaning to them) and how it informs the way we interpret visual representations of the landscapes we inhabit.
Some of my work explores how much visual data can be deleted and/or modified before the essence of a space/place is lost (or found) and how apophenia can be employed as a tool to render a landscape, be it “real” or imagined. A related line of query examines the blurry visual snippets our brains use to reconstruct memories of space/place. I also investigate whether art can represent the smallest detail and the big picture at once, informed by the universality of nature's design on the micro and macro levels.
Starting from photographic images, I digitally distill, augment and/or reassemble pertinent visual information in order to conjure the essence of a space/place as I perceive it. Some series demand a process-driven approach, which has led me to employ novel combinations of experimental pigment printing techniques with various substrate preparations and traditional art practices like painting, gilding and collage. These series tend to involve chance as I embrace imperfections and am curious to learn how the materiality informs the work.
Other works are more reliant on the 'digitality' of Photoshopped imagery, where apophenia truly drives our perception of images -- being literally made up of millions of small squares called pixels. For these I foster the digital flotsam and jetsam inherent to computer based work in order to underline its nature while counteracting the potentially glossy shine it casts. These series are professionally printed so the aggregation of pixels are visually at the forefront and unencumbered by the imperfect hand of the artist.