This series began with the idea of re-purpose. The process I’ve used is a huge conductor of my concept. The cyanotype takes what would be reality and documentation, in this case, into something absurd. I’ve recycled old film images into digital art to combine them with something of the present. With this, we know that what we are looking at isn’t reality, but it is a condition in the world that goes unnoticed. Because the images span years, it connects us to the very real and ongoing relationship people have with the land.
In my life, the biggest motivation for making art is the human condition that is to create, desire, interact, and live. Creating art is a simple act, yet one that involves skills as a thinker and craftsman. The act and process of creation is much more a part of art than the final result. You can emphasize the relation to the land through the manual labor required of certain art, much like the manipulation of the border with a brush.
Desire, for unexplained reasons, has remained something that drives and motivates us in life. Through my art, I can give people something that they would not have been exposed to elsewise. There is a sort of selfishness, then, in the ability to make people look, think, interact, and react through my art. Interaction is about the situations the art creates. This interests me, in that it deals with social issues behind how people view art; how they interact, how they behave and what their own life can contribute to a piece.
The fourth human condition I’ve mentioned is to live. When looked at with a philosophical lens, we discover it is necessary to where we are, but better yet, where we want to be. As humans, we try to surpass nature. As this is an impossibility, it is of interest to my art. Nature is a force we cannot control, therefore, we should step back and try better to integrate ourselves in it, affecting it as little as possible. In reaching this understanding that humans lead an absurd life, I have been able to move to a peace with the things I create, and the processes that make this happen.
This final motivation is what inspired the series before you. In this work, it’s recognizing the earth’s permanence, our impermanence, and how that impermanence can teach us to tread more lightly. The images in this series are meant to bring that connection to the surface, so as to warn us of the importance of interacting with nature.