Portfolio > Photo Constructions

My constructions start with photographs that I have taken of skies. The photographs are mounted on wood panels then pierced with a network of holes. I insert a system of wires, sometimes combined with hardware, into the holes. This alters the image of the original photograph, making it harder to decipher. A view that is commonplace becomes abstract and mysterious when seen out of context. I also like the sense of something vast, like the sky, becoming tiny and compact.

These pieces are deliberately quite small (4” to 8”), smaller than the width of the human body and seen with a narrow field of vision so that the experience of viewing it seems internal instead of external. The scale is psychologically contrary to much in contemporary life and popular culture. I hope that they reward close examination with a complex, layered visual and tactile experience like staring at the sky and watching the movement of the clouds as they drift.

The Deep End
photograph, wood, wire, acrylic
6" x 10" x 3"
2014
High Dive
photograph, wood, wire, acrylic
9" x 4" x 3"
2013
Diving Lesson
photograph, wood, wire, acrylic
7" x 6" x 3"
2014
Mixed media construction, digital photograph of clouds, linear wire configuration superimposed on photo
Mixed media: photograph, wood, wire, fabric
7" x 3" x 2"
2013
Small World
photograph, wood, wire, acrylic
4" x 4" x 2"
2013
Small Victories
photograph, wood, wire, acrylic
4" x 5" x 2"
2013
photo construction, relief sculpture
6" x 6" x 2"
2011
Suspension Bridge
photograph, wood, wire, acrylic
6" x 6" x 2"
2014
Mixed media construction, digital photograph of clouds, linear wire configuration superimposed on photo
Mixed media: photograph, wood, wire, paint
5" x 4" x 2"
2013
Cloud photographs mounted on wood panels with a wire ladder
Mixed media: photograph, wood, wire, paint
9" x 4" x 2"
2013
Inside the Rain (detail)
photograph, wood, wire, acrylic
8" x 8" x 3"
2013
Inside the Rain
photograph, wood, wire, acrylic
8" x 8" x 3"
2013