PHOTOGRAPHY

RE:turn

Providence, RI, 2016, archival inkjet prints from scanned black and white 4 x 5 negatives, 17" x 22."

RE:turn represents a return to my artistic roots in photography and to inhabiting unoccupied spaces: two of my former loves. This selection of photographs is the first installment from an ongoing series celebrating the queer body, identity, and gaze. This subset of images intends to capture the power and force of the queer woman as she unapologetically turns and faces my camera. Using a 4 x 5 view camera allows me to be physically present with the work as the subjects are physically present with me, creating a fleeting yet visceral relationship between photographer and subject. The act of making a photograph with a large camera—carefully positioning, focusing, and metering—is a unique collaboration. This project is simultaneously helping me clarify my queer and gender identities, as well as my identity as an artist and photographer. 

TWINS DAYS

Twinsburg, Ohio, 2013-2014. Archival Inkjet Prints. 11" x 14".


BOOK ARTS

CROSS PROCESS

Providence, RI, 2015, Van Dyke Brown Prints and Cyanotype Prints on Verso. 4.5" x 8.5" x 18" (extended). 

OPHELIA

Providence, RI AS220,, 2015, Laser Cut Masonite. 4" x 5.5" x 1".

Found in translation

Providence, RI, 2015, inkjet printed on Mohawk Superfine paper, hand cut and bound. 6" x 3.5" x 19" (extended).


NEW MEDIA

Phosphorescence

Providence, RI, 2016, iPhone Film Installation. 

'Phosphorescence' is a sight specific video installation made for the Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library at Brown University. This twelve channel, infinitely looping piece is comprised of twelve clips shot on an iPhone 6 with FilmicPro. The audio that accompanies the piece is "Phosphorescence" by Harry Bertoia.

Visualizing a Completed Portrait of Picasso I

Providence, RI, 2015, 8' x 8' x 8', 7 minutes. 

Visualizing a Completed Portrait of Picasso is a 3D virtual reality, twisting, audio-visual interpretation of Gertrude Stein’s poem, “If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso.” Gertrude Stein accomplished verbalizing a portrait of her friend, the cubist painter, Picasso, through poetry in the same distinctive style of Picasso’s own work. The result of this is a loose but complex narrative. This piece adds a level of completion to the Portrait of Picasso by incorporating visuals that utilize the immersive nature of the 3D, virtual reality space of the Cave. The Cave allows for integration of image, text, and audio through which the viewer can interact with Stein’s poem. In an homage to Stein and Picasso’s own styles, this piece draws inspiration from the cubist aesthetic and even incorporates works by Picasso himself. The text is split into distinct stanzas, each building upon one another while living in different worlds within the cave. Viewers will navigate their way through Visualizing a Completed Portrait of Picasso.

Visualizing a Completed Portrait of Picasso II

Providence, RI, 2015, 24" x 32"', 3 minutes, 29 seconds. 

Visualizing ‘A Completed Portrait of Picasso’ II is a digital, physical, audio-visual interpretation of Gertrude Stein’s poem, ‘If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso.’ This representation is the second piece in an ongoing fascination and digital interpretation of this poem. The first piece was created for the Cave that immerses the viewer in a three dimensional, virtual sphere. This particular installation builds off the motifs and aesthetics established in part I. The second part of this project is an installation consisting of a frame with the words of Stein's poem laser cut in black plexiglass embedded. Emanating from the piece is audio comprised of Stein's reading of the poem alongside a computerized reading. Using LEDs and an Arduino board, the words spoken illuminate from behind in real time. This project aims to bring Gertrude Stein’s poem into a digital space. This piece adds another level of ‘completion’ to the ‘portrait of Picasso’ by bridging the old and the new. The words of Stein’s poem are the focal point of the piece yet are visually read through the use of LED lights. The simultaneous reading of the the poem by Stein herself as well as a computer voice embody this historical/modern connection. In homage to Stein and Picasso’s personal styles, this piece draws inspiration from the cubist aesthetic. It is important that the creative work of both Stein and Picasso can still be accessed and celebrated. Indeed, this project works to both celebrate and remix their art. It is the goal that the audience leaves with a different and deeper understanding of Stein and Picasso.