Artist Statement Abstract
I am a collector. I collect and keep diaries, collages, and
scrapbooks because I feel compelled to document my life. This
year, I have come to see photography as another tool with which
to document life. What does that mean-to document life? To me,
documenting life is not limited to recording daily scenes with
an absence of sentimentality. It is not about taking straight
photographs that illustrate what things may have looked like.
To me, documenting life is about capturing the emotions and feelings
that make up reality. It is about manipulating negatives and
photographs to highlight the different aspects of reality that
seem important to tell others. Why do I document life? It is
because I am very intrigued with the past. By photographing the
present, I am creating insights into the past.
This year I have tried to define my relationship with reality
so that I can document reality. I feel that I can only make images
that represent my own reality because I believe that everybody's
realities are different. I have been printing straight photographs
and manipulated photographs, and discovering which better suits
this need of documenting reality. By manipulating images, I have
more control over the final print and what it says. Sometimes,
however, the single straight photograph is easier to work with
because there is less that can be misconstrued.
I have also been trying to learn the language of presentation.
Most of my works are very fragmented, or parts of series. Because
of this, I did not want to mat my photographs and place them
behind glass. To me, this method of presentation seems so permanent
and official. I wanted to present my work in a manner that would
enhance the fragmented feeling of memories. At the same time,
I wanted to present my work in a way that would make them feel
like objects. I wanted people to be able to touch my photographs,
and I wanted these photographs to gain their own history. I decided
to mount my photographs on metal, or else pin them to a wall.
This way my photographs are changing. By pinning them to a wall,
they are subject to breezes and may move. By mounting them on
metal, their surface may change as the metal rusts.
In the future, I will look for more ways to enhance the object-ness
of my work.
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