| ARTIST STATEMENT |
The Great Lakes as experienced in a post industrial "rust belt" landscape is the principal theme in my work. There is significant transition happening in the Great Lakes, yet in a visual way, it is nearly imperceptible. To make these ideas perceptible in my work, I seek landscapes that are rich in detail, while allowing a spareness of space that opens the photograph to interpretation.
Through this, I portray a view of the Great Lakes which continually seeks a balance along the coastal districts that no longer clearly supports activities of its own original man-made development; lumber camps, commercial fisheries, mining, navigational lighthouses, and the men and women who set in motion the advancements of these once flourishing industries.
My work traverses a figurative dimension that explores both contrasts and parallels as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence, while seeking a dialogue that coincides with two distinct arcs; one of an industrial revolution that formed our Great Lakes heritage over the past 125 years and more, the other being the systematic dissolution of post-modern film and the transition to modern digital mediums as told through the envisaging of the Great Lakes landscape.