Burnt Door
Monster By Daylight
Displaced
The Home Behind My Bones
Ashes, Ashes
Got Your Back
Fog of War
Still Standing
We Are The Champions
Remembering
Play Me a Memory
The Day the Music Died
Stained
Feet to the Fire
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Gray Matter
Ruins
Meltdown
Fade to Black
Old All At Once
Cold and Broken Hallelujah
The Winner Takes It All
Welcome to the Jungle
The Hulk Was Here
Ashes Collective
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Embers Collective
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ASHES, ASHES

 

Amidst the aftermath of a devastating house fire, this collection of apocalyptic, amorphous and disorienting vignettes portray the psychology of despair, but also the spirit of friendship and never leaving a wounded soldier behind; and the ability to rise up after falling down.  I employ an ambiguous alchemy of photography, digital media, oil painting and found objects to blur the lines between reality and memory, trauma and rebirth, while finding beauty amidst soot, debris and charred refuse. Metal was chosen as the support for the small works, for its visual beauty but also its symbolic imperviousness to fire.  Many of the artwork titles reference vintage song lyrics, in homage to nostalgia and the family whose house was destroyed.  

 

Using an outdated iPhone camera in tandem with a high quality Canon DSL, I took over 400 on-site photographs - either intentionally grainy or clear.  I captured a wide range of phenomena, from the wilted form of a melted lamp shade, to remnants of a tic tac toe game that workmen must have scrawled into an ashen wall.  These images inspired surreal compositions, calibrated to varying degrees of fantasy.  Eerie yet beautiful textures, patterns and colors describe but also transcend the destruction, thus suggesting hope born of sorrow.

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Dye sublimation on aluminum, 5x5 (2019)