There is, as Carl Jung understood, a universal language
of all things. That being a language of symbols. My work is as
such. These photographs and photograms are images in a wordless
book of me, chapters 21 and 22.
For me these pieces, like most of my work, serve
as a guide to art, life, love, and the realm of my subconscious.
If I could just simply express these things in words, there would
be no reason for me to make photographs/grams; because, there
are things that these images haven't even told me yet. These photographs
aren't just captured images, they have been given more.
When a glass breaks, you bend over and pick it up
… get a broom, sweep up the pieces and throw them away. When something
in me breaks, I go to my camera, or the darkroom, or the computer
and I save it. I then, like sweeping away the pieces of glass,
take the pieces of me and others and add, mold and shape through
emotion and aesthetic.
I believe that the process and the final product
is the art. I really enjoy the moment when I am creating. Especially
when I'm in the dark room using my hands. For the past year I
have been working within a photogram basis. This allows me to
feel like I'm painting with the chemicals. I move quickly, turn
the lights on, dip the paper in and out of developer ... and then
expose a negative, sometimes repeating the process again on the
same piece of paper. It is fun, relaxing and emotional.
I received criticism for some of these pieces. People
told me that they are pornographic and that they don't do justice
to my art. I was also told that I shouldn't think or work in this
manner (by many people male and female). I feel that these pieces
are one spectrum of my mind, and one spectrum of my style and
work. I have seen men work with sexual images of women and not
receive the berating comments I have. Women have every right to
work in any way they choose and not have to feel remorse for such.
I really love what I do, and sometimes I get more
from my work than I give. Maybe that is why this is my passion.
I cannot explain the meaning or message behind the images; they
were not made with words. Instead, let your imagination or subconscious
echo in you what you feel is within these pieces and all visual
arts. Escape to the outer limits of your mind.