“…Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.”  -Annie Dillard

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:  TRACES

I strive to understand the More-than-Human-World,[1] and our place within it. Through an ongoing photographic journal, Traces, I document everyday encounters in nature, where I find even the simplest forms visibly manifest larger truths of existence. Among these things, I’m most drawn to intimate details of life and death that often go unnoticed, residual marks left by time and things unseen, and incidental beauty and irony that results from human intervention with the land. These and other natural phenomena are visual signs that can help us understand, adopt and maintain a balanced human place within the larger universe. Like Zen Kōans, interpreting them traces invisible threads that tie fallen leaves to the tree. 

 [1] David Abram. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World The phrase More-than-Human World refers to the land and its non-human inhabitants, essentially all of nature except humankind.

 

PROCESS STATEMENT:

All images in Traces are digitally captured, processed and printed with archival pigment inks on fine art paper.