2019 - Ongoing
This series of photographs involves an exploration of the imagination. I wanted to
have fantasy creatures come to life, characters that seem to be taken from
archetypal images. I use materials that are borrowed, found, and thrifted. The
images are improvisational and whimsical, and that becomes the core through
which the figures, wearing specific colors and shapes, are brought to life.
Normally, I portray the body in a classical or beautiful way, but in this series I
wanted to depart into non-traditionally beautiful shapes. My intent was to create
mystery, intrigue, fear or delight. The models, many of whom are professional
dancers, were asked to explore the fabrics in unfamiliar ways, to invoke a kind of
childhood curiosity. My goal is to move the viewer into a space of speculation. I
invoke creatures inspired by childhood nightmares to explore the differences
between what people see and how they judge the unfamiliar.