| ARTIST STATEMENT |
A lumberman. A Sailor. A Brewer. A Farmer. A Ship Welder. A Grain Weigher. An Iron Miner. A Paper Miller.
My work is profoundly entwined in a family narrative that has coexisted for many generations near the shores of the Great Lakes; each photograph, a survey of a landscape and a culture in transition.
Upon examining the deindustrialization of a massive coastal basin in flux, over a broad span of seasons and bearings; the work investigates the parallels between the nearly imperceptible gradations of time and making them perceptible through a series of film plate photographs, the work scrutinizes the contradictions and connections as it relates to the Great Lakes; coast and water, man and nature, resources and reliances, commerce and narratives, realities and remembrances.
My work explores the interplay of our bond with the over 10,000 connected miles of interior coastlines along the Great Lakes as the fieldwork manifests into visual compositions that fuse strands of natural science, heritage and culture, and the interconnections between the steady cessation of film mediums and my own relationship with the Fresh Coast.