I am a semi-sighted artist investigating partial blindness and visual impairment through experimental photographic processes.
Photography is regarded as a truthful medium, and the images I create honor the diversity of personal truths. My body of work expands the approach to photography by using the camera as a conceptual mechanism to investigate how our human system adapts, grieves, and adjusts to significant physical impairment. Using photo-mechanical interventions, my photographs expose latent memories through nonrepresentational forms, text, and colors. Each image is an organized impression of memories and sensations—a colorful daydream for the spectator to experience.
Techniques I use are primarily analog in origin: direct digital capture without the aid of software filtration or software modification. The camera lens I used was modified by taking it apart and reassembling the elements in the incorrect order, distorting the shapes and colors of the objects I photograph. The resulting imagery pushes formal objects into a range of emotions and colors, exploring the connection degraded eyesight has to memory, color contours, and light and how they collectively comprise a vocabulary of personal reality and history. Simplified abstract forms break down visual barriers and allow a broader audience to appreciate the meditative act of experiencing art.
I pair image descriptions, alt text, and other accessibility features to allow the audience with human sensory challenges to experience this work.
Image Description: This film is silent and contains no audio or text. This film includes four separate clips of varying lengths, which make up the film. The artist looped the movie three times to create a short film. A modified camera lens captures the forms and figures in the film; they are both obscured and abstract, and nothing is in focus during the entire film.
The first clip opens with a bright white flare of light moving horizontally across the frame and diminishes as the camera moves upward, revealing a person wearing a yellow dress standing in nature. The greens, blues, and browns complement the yellow dress and the pale Caucasian hand as it waves from side to side. The camera frames the person from mid-thigh to just above their head. They stand in their yellow dress, waving over and over again, slow then fast, then slow again. As their hand stops waving and drops to the side of their body, the frame dissolves into the second clip.
A nude figure of a woman backlit and mostly in silhouette with green and blue tones slowly walks from right to left, pushing and opening a large window shade in front of her as she walks. She steps out of the frame and returns, walking back the way she entered as she exits, the frame dissolves in the third clip.
Awash of maroon, red, and off-white tones flash slightly, a pair of hazing white hands appear and move throughout the frame, circle themselves, the hands look like they are dancing with one another above the dark maroon background. A blue light flare appears at the lower-left corner and dissolves into the fourth and final clip.
A window of soft blue-white and gray light appears as a person's lower legs and feet walk back and forth from left to right then right to left. The camera is filming from the floor level like a pair of shoes are watching the person pace back and forth, a bright white flare of light moving horizontally across the frame, and the entire film repeats.