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My work is propelled by a fascination with the everyday workings of human nature. Personal and social perspectives color our perceptions, imprinting the psychological quirks that lurk in our minds. I am interested in the interplay between the alternately humorous and dark corners of human experience and the intersections where the logical and the inexplicable tease each other. My work looks at how we perceive our individual realities and our relationships to one another, how we negotiate with nature through science and technology, and how we set up systems to navigate life in this world.

My mixed media constructions are most often built around photographic imagery and take on a wide variety of formats, often sculptural. I use any type of photographic process that serves my purpose, including my own traditional black and white, digital color, tintypes, daguerreotypes, alternative photographic processes, as well as found photographs and negatives, even x-rays. I frequently alter or physically manipulate the images through painting, peeling, cutting, etc. My use of other materials (both cast-off and new) is even more diverse, including wood, metal, lenses, wax, and a vast array of objects. The images are integrated into some combination of these materials, a process that culminates in the formulation of singular, hybrid image-objects.