Ten years ago, I had a show coming up at a local gallery. I had no new work, no ideas for new work, and was well beyond panic mode. I began buying things that I thought might make an interesting photograph. I bought seed pods, microscopic slides, and finally I bought a box of dehydrated insect specimens.
Once I opened that box of insects, I knew the search was over- I had found a subject that I could work with. I began photographing them- blown away by the detail I was able to capture and the vibrant colors that existing in these little creatures.
I began manipulating them using Photoshop. Keep in mind that this was in 2011, I was new to digital photography and had to have been running an archaic version of Photoshop on a computer that had less memory than my current phone! The work was slow and deliberate. The resulting series was called "Flight" and was exhibited at CORE New Art Space in June of 2011.
I have continued to evolve this series in the last ten years, consistently adding to the collection and creating new work that continues to use insect photography.
In 2018 I began creating three dimensional photo sculptures using my photographs of insect wings. Still keeping the radial symmetry from earlier work, I fold each individual photograph into a singular geometric shape. These shapes are repeated, mounted to aluminum and coated in resin. The resulting work is stunning- a large statement piece perfect for an entryway, fireplace or over the bed.
These days, I'm focusing my work on a new series called "MetaMorph". In this series I combine various elements of singular pieces and overlap them to create a digital collage. These pieces are extremely playful a bold in color and design. Best of all they can be printed on a larger scale- giving collectors a wide variety of choices to fit their needs.
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