Burn and Fade, 2018 - ongoing
*Images printed as archival pigment prints. Sizes vary. *To see more from this series, please contact artist directly.
Sunspots (from the series “Burn and Fade”), 2018-ongoing
*Images printed as archival pigment prints or dye sublimation prints on aluminum. Sizes range from 10x10” to 16x16”. *To see more from this series, please contact artist directly.
For the past several years, my work has focused on the sun to reflect upon our curiosity, need, and fear of nature’s primary resource. As part of this, Burn and Fade is new work in progress that involves placing found images of the sun (snapshots, 35mm slides, and home movies) directly in the hot Texas sun. Over an extended period of time, these become faded by the UV light and burned or damaged by the extreme heat. Before leaving them out, I sometimes mask select parts of the image to reveal a before-and-after effect. Other times, I treat the images with products like Coppertone Suntan Oil or Sun-In Hair Bleach. I add minor digital adjustments as needed to enhance the sun’s impact and further transform the original source. Scratches, dirt, and melted emulsion become part of the visual alchemy and function as metaphors for the delicate balance we share with the physical world. Film trademarks, timestamps, and handwritten inscriptions remain part of the final work to highlight the photographic object and its role in preserving time. As a result, the title Burn and Fade, points to both my process and the words we often use to describe memories, while also alluding to rising global temperatures and the grim possibility that our planet may not have a forever.