The complexity of our experiences has never inhibited us from being joined with others. Above all, as individuals, we long to identify with the people who surround us. In order for our connection with others to happen, we go through a process of subconscious abstraction. In other words, we broaden our narrow experiences to relate to the person next to us. As I examine my roots, I have found that, I too, long for nods of familiarity. Though the base of my work is autobiographical, I am discovering that my personal archives are, in an essence, interwoven with others.
My library of photographs originate from the art of noticing. When standing alone, my photography embodies, to me, a collection of mundane moments. Knowing that these day-to-day occurrences have more depth, I choose to enhance my photographs by repurposing and, in some cases, completely transforming them. More specifically I transform my imagery through the process of layering.
Each series is being formed by my personal memories and observations. Some of these date back to childhood, while others are contemporary. That being said, there becomes this push and pull of resolution and irresolution while extracting from these archival sources. Similar to keeping a journal to catalog thoughts and ideas in hope for resolution, I look to these series to serve as a visual journal.
The intention of abstraction in my work is to create a familiar thread that connects the viewer and myself. In doing so, I anticipate to set the audience free by giving them the capacity to form their own narrative. As I stated previously, my work is undoubtedly formulated through a diaristic approach, but the intent of layering these experiences is to contrive elasticity in the way my work can be perceived.