I weave a delicate tapestry of two overarching motifs—the preciousness of water and the exquisiteness of time. Time, the elusive fourth dimension, intertwines seamlessly with the essence of my art, transcending the confines of three-dimensional captures found in traditional photographic art. As a lens-based artist, I pursue higher truths of the fourth dimension, unraveling the intricate effects of time upon my subjects.
My focal point is water, metamorphosed into gaseous wisps. I portray the Upper Midwest’s unique aesthetic, capturing the whimsical pirouettes or the foreboding texture of the atmosphere. Through the alchemy of capturing 100 exposures, each separated by measured intervals—be it a second or several—I compress these temporal glimpses into a single frame. This technique exposes the world of gaseous water in a candid, perhaps more truthful light.
My cloudscapes beckon the viewer beyond the familiar, finding significance at the juncture of experience and nonconformity. Water, the essence of life. It bobs and weaves between the delicate balance amid welcomed nourishment to crops, plants, and our oh-so-dependable mundane faucets, and cataclysmic intrusion. To even the casual observer, our world is transforming, with potential shattering results. Yet, a disruption to this vital resource threatens to rewrite our collective destiny, echoing the unsettling oscillations of droughts and floods witnessed in California over the past three decades.
That is the power of water.
Does my work, born of sequential moments, encapsulate a deeper authenticity and precision? Might it unravel the scientific narrative of a planet in the throes of warming? To what purpose? Perhaps the silence that Rachel Carson predicted? Or the perception of fragile human existence that Gaylord Nelson warned? Our perceptions shape not only our immediate surroundings but also our identities, attitudes, and understanding of our place in the cosmos.