A long long time ago, five million years, the Cambrian Sea combined with the Adirondack Mountains, or when magnesium infused with limestone and calcite forming dolomite, silicon dioxide crystals were formed. These new crystals are doubly terminated, meaning they have points at both ends as they did not touch the host rock as they grew. Much like diamonds, even the highest quality crystals can have inclusions; inclusions are liquids trapped inside the crystal as the stone formed. While some of the crystals are graded as high as AA, they have little value to the fine jeweler. Instead, this crystal is unique in that it can convert one type of energy into another. This process is called piezoelectricity, which is the conversion of energy to light, heat and electrical voltage. Folklore mentions that the crystals can assist a person to obtain emotional, physical and mental balance, and can increase the awareness of dreams, clairvoyance, and clairaudience.
I am using the flatbed scanner as a means of conducting energy through the crystals in an effort to transform them into something else.
We live in a time where digital processes are supplanting analogue photograpic techniques.Photography is evolving and this change directly mirrors the changes made in painting when it was no longer necessary to make paintings to document or record history. With the responsibility to document transferred to the digital side of photography, I explore the materials themselves, film, chemistry, light, subject matter, the inherent flatness in ephemeral moments, abject time, proximity, and consequences.
Images of Mother
How can one mourn someone with whom we are not familiar? In what sense do we really feel the absence and to what extent does this absence serve to restructure our own identities? It has been oft remarked, how preoccupied Derrida was with what has been called a ‘politics of mourning’. Mourning had been an underlying question in the background of Derrida’s texts from his first examination into the metaphysics of presence, and the devaluation of writing in relation to speech. Derrida believed that writing speaks in the absence of its author and is traditionally disparaged and devalued as a medium for thought.
However, such literalness I find limits communication, stifles the imagination and confounds understanding. While writing is accordingly marked by absence, and a sense of loss: I use it to image my biological mother whom I have never met and will never know. I have no oral history, no worldly context, thus the ‘unsolicited’ appropriation, contextualizing and meaning inferred by others creates a mélange of meaning, innuendo and narrative, thereby giving me a frame around my world.
Americans look first to the color of one's skin instead of seeing the individual. Most Americans place significant value on race. We have been taught that race and personal history plays a major role in individual identity, thus race can be a badge of honor or something that ties us to our communities. However, more often than not, race is a source of social tension or a box that gets checked on government forms, which lead to varied benefit; varied value. This difference in value creates a hierarchy of racial value and contributes to the tension between races, which is the impetus behind segregated communities, stereotyping and racial profiling. In a time of heightened fear of terrorism Americans have seen the government's War on Terror legitimize racial profiling in the name of protecting the American Citizens.
This project is about the American need to categorize people based on skin color and identifies our prejudice and the way we define value, threat or beauty. For these portraits I have matched the individual's skin tone to a Pantone color. I selected the Pantone Matching System as it is an international standardized color system and does not vary from country to country. So each portrait contains the skin tone of the individual and their name and from this, the viewer categorizes, defines and assigns value.