Every object exists in two worlds. One is the tangible that we know
through our senses and another that exists only in our minds. It is
in this mental realm where objects take on the properties of metaphor
and meaning. These are seldom fixed but exist in a fluid dance where
associations are changed as easily as masks at a costume ball. In my
work, I play with these complex associations to create rich metaphorical
structures. Like the frontispieces of old books, I try to speak volumes
through a single image.
Although some elements in my work depict ‘real’ things,
many objects have never had a tangible physical existence. These elements
are modeled completely inside the world of a computer. They are ghosts
made of nothing more substantial than numbers; yet they seemingly share
space with objects that have both physicality and history. My method
of working mimics light itself, one beam at a time, in a process that
can take from hours to days to complete and involves literally trillions
Lenses and mirrors are common in my work. I have removed the lens from
the image-making process and placed it within the image itself. Like
any depiction, lenses represent a point of view and a narrow focus.
What they reveal often overpowers what is excluded by their gaze. Mirrors
are a metaphor for art itself as well as the process of self-knowledge
and discovery. They are also part of the tricks of mind and eye: smoke
and mirrors. The camera was the first machine of depiction, and for
a time we believed it to tell only the truth. In the end, perhaps all
the images we create share a strange mixture of magic, truth, and illusion.
And in this soil sprouts metaphor, which is the source of meaning.
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