Monday, February 15, 2010
As blurred representations of both actual events and recycled art, these are depictions of emotion that transcend and at times contradict their subjects. Purposely transmuting any intellectual or categorical reference to the subject matter by blurring it, I try to invite the viewer to break down their intellectual assumptions about visual data—urging them to explore with a child's mind their emotional connections to color and form.
What's interesting to me about this process is that the subject can be transformed into something it was not originally. It can at times take on a quality that will oppose its original nature—i.e., a cold, violent act can be transformed into something that's warm and inviting, for instance. This transformative quality of the work is what makes it so powerful. It's a kind of visual alchemy—taking something out of its original context and exposing it to a process; in this case a digital, photographic process. The image then transforms into something that's alive and accessible in a way that it wasn't before.