These are simple silhouettes - small toys and figures placed in front of a
light whose shadow is then photographed and colored. I’d been interested in
creating big, graphic images for a while and found a lot of satisfaction with this
open-ended, accessible process. Because scale is irrelevant, it’s easy to give the
shadows the benefit of the doubt and assume they are of real people and animals.
This group of work is a testament to the importance of being open to
outside stimuli, to having the trust to let things happen and the patience to allow
the work to develop without strict limitations.
I've been working on making the purest images possible for about 20 years.
While I've succeeded to varying degrees over the years, this is the closest I've come
in a long time.
I've always wanted to have a show called, "Moby Dick, and Other Stories,"
and while I do have an image of a whale in the Director's Cut of this work, such a
literal (as well as literary) interpretation is not recommended. Just the idea of an
individual in contact with the void of the rest of the world. No alpha or omega...
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