and Still Lifes is a series of paired photographs that riff on classical
painting genres. Nudes: bodies contorted and reshaped into uncanny figures.
Still Lives: beautifully intricate arrangements of flora and fauna.
Composed to unsettle the relative size of each subject by presenting
them on a similar scale, the juxtapositions of the Nudes and the Still
Lifes feed off each other, reverberating between ideas of attraction
For the Nudes images, I work with dancers, models, and my own body to
create sculptural shapes through contortion and perspective. Resisting
traditional views of figuration, I move toward an image of the figure
as a living sculpture of muscle, fat, and bone. After composing the
Nudes image, I create a Still Life to pair it with, connecting the images
through composition and location. I arrange flowers, fruits, vegetables,
fish, and meat, delicately intertwined with wig hair traces of the figure
to sculpt a Still Life that is both subtly grotesque and elegant.
The photographs are shot with Fuji Provia 4x5 transparency film, scanned,
and presented as digital C-Prints on Kodak Endura paper. There is minimal
postproduction retouching. I retouch mainly for color, tone, and occasional
blemishes. All images are presented as they have been photographed.