In my recent work I have used light in my work to
investigate the paradoxical nature of human existence. I have created pieces
that present the body as a mysterious vessel; one that contains and leaks; is
solid and porous; and is composed of visible and invisible matter. The form and
content of my work are inspired by my curiosity regarding the human body and
the way it is depicted in both art and science. My investigations revolve
around three questions: How can the enigmatic body serve as a metaphor for the
mystery of life and death. How do the body, mind and spirit connect? We are not
simply flesh and blood, so how do we extend beyond our corporeal limits?
My work needs light to be viewed. Light illuminates the film
on which the images are printed and spills through tiny holes I pierce in the
film to create patterns in the image. In some works the light shining through
the holes creates a porous, glimmering border; in other pieces the lit holes
emphasize the body’s permeable qualities by evoking pores, punctures and
wounds. These formal effects combine with light’s symbolic properties to reveal
a body that is both ethereal and solid and as such provides clues to the nature
of material and immaterial reality. Rather than seek definitive answers to the
questions I have posed, I am compelled by the sense of mystery surrounding
them. In this puzzling realm between reason and intuition, between what can be
proven and the unknown I present a body that resonates with possibilities.
These possibilities encourage further reflection, suggest additional questions
and most importantly allow mystery to flourish.
I am currently investigating the connections between trees,
the human body and the pineal gland for a new body of work.