Landscape is a construct. Meaning and connotation are created during the negotiation between the imagination and what we believe to be fact. During this (negotiation) and the active deployment of meaning, association is ever changing, shifting and displaced - narratives are made and remade constantly.
This new and ongoing body of work explores landscape identity though the physical material part of its history, geology, human geography, botany, animal life and detritus. Through a combined process of research, travel (revisiting the same locations many times ), hiking, shooting, collecting and accumulating materials (on film and in physical form), the work here is a meditation on the idiosyncratic ( sometimes indigenous ) qualities and character of each specific location within the topography, while at its edges addresses overlapping themes that stitch a tapestry of diverse and often contradictory reads of an ever shifting narrative that falls across the landscape as a whole.
This work explores the processes of constructed knowledge around landscape history, mythology and startum of memory. What SIMON SCHAMA refers to as constructs of the imagination projected onto wood and water and rock. . . .
This work began after repeated visits to Ring Mountain in Northern California, which sits atop a subduction zone where two massive forces, the Pacific Plate and North American continent are actively colliding. It is a location who's position is never fixed.
Once a ritual site for local native cultures, a military missile defense platform, it is home to rare indigenous plants, endangered animals and surrounded by the constant development of the second wealthiest zip code in the US. It is a landscape who's identity is in constant flux and threat of change.
The images here are made using a medium format film camera and digital tools.
an "excavation below our conventional sight-level to recover the veins of myth and memory that lie beneath the surface"
constructs of the imagination projected onto wood and water and rock. . . .
This new and ongoing body of work explores landscape identity through the physical material part of its history, it's geology, botany, animal life and detritus. Through a combined process of research, travel ( often revisiting the same locations many times), hiking, collecting materials and shooting.