I approach issues of intimacy, familial history, and awareness of traditions by making photographs of fictional interiors and surfaces. My images play with the aesthetics of 1970’s design in order to explore how nostalgia for an idealized and invented past informed the present.

My photographs are taken from a commercial photographer’s archive. Large format color transparencies show idyllic bedrooms shot from three quarters view. Each room is somehow the same, yet different. Through a variety of optical and digital means I transform the source image into a new, fabricated space. I may physically overlay negatives or combine parts of found photographs in Photoshop in order to reconstruct the strangeness and stillness of places that are uninhabited but have been touched by the human hand. 

The archived images once served as the source imagery for JCPenney catalogs. The photographs are not real interiors, but backdrops that offset bedsheets and curtains available for purchase. These tableaux do not represent a world that is real, but one that reflects prescriptive ideals and standards. The catalog purported to show what it was to be middle class and offered a way to attain it.

For me, domestic architecture and its interior emblematic of system of societal values and hierarchies. In my reworking of these types of spaces I symbolically investigate and question ideologies that engender the home; which, like my montaged photographs, present as themselves as something tangible before slowly dissolving. 

Modernist architect and theorist Adolf Loos wrote about the idea of home as a theater for the family. It is an environment capable of receiving and showcasing domestic drama. I use this notion as a point of departure for understanding the operation of my photographs. Each image functions as a set or stage awaiting its own melodrama. 

Framed by the architecture of the home, I make photographs that look to the past in order to understand the present. Throughout history, people have always embraced custom and tradition. Contemporary architect Witold Rybczynski stated that such critical awareness of tradition seems to be modern occurrence that reflects a desire for routine in a world characterized by constant change. Devotion to the past has become so strong that when traditions do not exist, they are created. My images examine and question these imagined traditions through a reimagining of domestic space. 

 
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Mirror, 2018

Archival Inkjet Print

60 x 75 Inches (152.5 x 190.5 cm)

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Untitled (Nightstand), 2019

Archival Inkjet Print

40 x 50 Inches (81.28 x 101.6 cm)

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Window, 2018

Archival Inkjet Print

40 x 32 Inches (101.6 x 81.28cm)

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Imagined Traditions 1 & 2

Two Archival Inkjet Prints

40 x 50 Inches (101.6 x 81.28 cm) individual, 40 x 100 inches (81.28 x 203.2 cm) total

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Untitled (Slit), 2018

Archival Inkjet Print

40 x 25.4 Inches (101.6 x 64.62 cm)