Sun Notations, 2015-ongoing
Sun Notations is a project that captures the sun’s pathway over the course of time. Using pinhole cameras (soda cans, cookie tins, and other small containers), my exposures can last from one day up to two years. These cameras, which sometimes contain multiple pinholes, are rotated periodically, so the rhythm of the sun’s movement becomes a drawing process or mark-making system, like the routine of crossing days off a calendar. Light leaks, dirt, water damage, even rips in the paper, become part of the visual alchemy and function as metaphors for the delicate balance we share with the physical world. Here, time and space expand, overlap, and then dissipate as clusters of dust appear like stars and the landscape morphs into abstraction. Titles for the images, such as “Since you’ve been gone” or “70 days after the election,” frame exposures around personal and collective experience, giving the work a diaristic context and inviting viewers to consider how our lives align with the cosmic cycles. Together, these works are a meditation on time and the desire to understand one’s place in the universe.
*Images are first captured in-camera on traditional film or photo paper. Minor digital adjustments are made before printing as archival pigment prints on museum cotton rag or as dye sublimation prints on aluminum. Sizes range from 12” up to 70”. *To see more from this series, please contact artist directly.
Red Sky | Dark Horizon, work in progress (part of “Sun Notations”), 2017-ongoing
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in the morning, sailor’s take warning.