In my work I gravitate towards ideas relating to time, memory, impermanence, and the fluctuations of life. I tend to employ materials and surroundings that are familiar to me using them as starting points for my investigations. These materials become the substance I use to inform the work I create. In my use of the photographic medium, I am not specifically concerned with capturing a “concrete” reality. Instead, I aim to use photography as a medium that offers the possibility of exploring the relationship between what is visible and non-visible.
In the Dare alla Luce series, I initially responded to a collection of vintage photographs, retrieved from a variety of sources both personal and anonymous. Through hand-manipulated interventions I altered and subsequently re-photographed the images “re-making” photographs that oscillate between what is present and what is absent. I aim to comment on the fragile quality of the photographic object but also to the equal fragility of our lives, our history. All are lost so easily.
By "playing" with the tools of photography, I “re-use” light by allowing it to shine through the holes in the images. In a somewhat playful and yet, literal manner I return the subject of the photographs back to the light, while simultaneously bringing them forward. The images are permanently altered; they are lost and reborn, hence the title, Dare alla Luce, an Italian term meaning, “to bring to the light” in reference to birth.
The photographs have new meaning, despite the mysteries they hold. The title of each piece holds significance; some titles were taken directly from the notations found written on the photographs, yet those without any indication of provenance were titled to reference the nuances of photography as a medium.
I grew up on the outskirts of Windsor, Ontario, Canada where the Detroit River meets Lake St. Clair. For a few years I studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design before embarking on intermittent travels through Europe, Morocco, Cuba and the United States. I returned to my studies and received a BFA Honours degree and BEd degree from York University as well as an MFA from the University of Windsor, where I received a Social Sciences and Humanities Grant as well as an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
My work has been featured in select publications such as the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photography Competition, EnRoute Magazine, Canadian House and Home, LENS magazine (China), The Walrus Magazine and Rooms Literary Journal. I have exhibited nationally and internationally and have received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
This October my photographs were exhibited at the Galerie Rivière Faiveley in Paris, France and in the Spring of 2015 a solo exhibition of my work will be presented at The University of Tennessee, U.S.A. and most recently I was selected as a top 50 finalist in the Critical Mass Photography Competition.
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