"A human being is part of a whole…universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.”
ARTIST STATEMENT: INDRA’S NET
The Buddhist conception of the Universe is illustrated as “Indra’s Net”—an endless net expanding in all directions, through all dimensions. At each thread’s intersection lies a single jewel. Each jewel holds a perfect, infinitely receding reflection of all other jewels and the net itself. This metaphor describes all existence as interpenetrating, all phenomena as interdependent, and perfection as an attribute of emptiness.
I see this metaphor revealed in natural phenomena, in time and light, in persistent or recurring processes, in emergence, metamorphosis and fruition. My series Indra’s Net consists of discrete groups (and sequences) of images that visually represent these abstract concepts.
CAPILLARITY is a group of 9 images documenting the interaction between naturally incongruous elements—salt, water and oil. These simple scenes demonstrate something larger—that when any phenomena come into contact they react to and act upon one another, and in so doing they define and are defined by one another.
The images in Indra’s Net are captured using a variety of cameras from pinhole to plastic to DSLR, as well as using camera-less means. Some derive from scanned negatives or traditional darkroom photograms. They are printed on fine art papers using archival pigment inks. These processes enable me to print with a range of archival materials through which I control fine detail, tint, tone and texture, producing images perfectly representative of my conceptual and aesthetic vision.