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These are images of imagined, constructed places
I want to play with the viewer and create ambiguous spaces in which he or she can feel and inhabit. These places are both alien and earthly but each is intended to give the viewer a feeling of isolation and quiet… and the sense that they are somewhere remote and strange.
Each photograph started with a small-scale sculptural work. I then photographed these constructions in very low light with long exposures.
They are intended to flicker between scales.
From the beginning this series was intended to be romantic and visually generous. I started to think of these like illustrations that had been separated from a now-lost work of amateur science fiction.
One starting point for this was a news story describing the possibility of a probe breaking through the ice of Jupiter’s moon Europa to see if there is underwater life. I was fascinated by this idea and as a result many of these scenes are intended to look like they were shot in icy, underwater conditions.
A second starting point was the story of outsider artist Henry Darger, who created his epic illustrated book “In the Realms of the Unreal” alone in his small apartment. I have a very small studio and I became interested in the idea of vast spaces being created in cramped quarters. The story of his landlord opening up his apartment (after Darger was hospitalized) and finding this strange work-in-progress inspired my inclusion of studies, materials and notes.