Artist’s Statement

My journey to photography has been a long and varied one, with stops along the way for degrees in philosophy and writing. After my second daughter was born in 2012, and as the stresses of modern life began building up, I began picking up a camera in an attempt to mindfully, creatively capture what I saw around me.

Although I enjoy photographing a wide variety of subjects, the one principle driving my experimentation & vision is ostranenie. This process of defamiliarizing something commonplace for the viewer allows for fresh perspectives and an increased and prolonged process of perception, which, I hope, can bleed into other areas of the viewer’s life. As the pace of life increases, and as we continue to lose ourselves in our multiplying screens, I believe the opportunity to be genuinely surprised becomes increasingly important and that our automatic perception of what we experience needs to be questioned. I hope my photography allows for such moments of genuine surprise, which may grant the viewer a temporary reprieve from the troubles of her life as she is lifted out of herself.

This sort of cognitive dissonance, I hope, is created in the viewer as she encounters the subjects of my photographs, which are familiar, but strangely incongruous. To those ends, I enjoy photographing both miniscule parts of insects that are nearly invisible to the naked eye and large, sweeping vistas whose glory is enhanced by strange juxtapositions with industrial scenes. During the summer of 2015, as I began contemplating how I wanted the viewer to interact with my art, I saw a scarf printed with sea horses in a gift shop in London’s Natural History Museum—and something clicked for me. Why should art be something that is simply hung on a wall and observed from a distance? Wouldn’t it help us live more mindfully and creatively if we could seamlessly integrate art into our everyday lives? Working with a manufacturer who sources locally and uses environmentally-sound production processes, I decided to design some of my photographs onto textiles. The result is functional, wearable art.

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