On the quiet
To create this work, I asked several individuals if I could photograph their spaces while they were not home. Each participant was asked to give me a spare key and the days and times they would not be present. I was careful to be respectful of the spaces and if an item was moved to be very diligent to put it back in it’s spot. Homeowners were not informed when I would enter their space and only discovered that I had visited after I developed and share the contact sheet of images with them.
What I discover was all the images felt as if they were taking in the same home. The spaces each were vastly different but one aspect of all these environments was constant.
This led me to question what these images could honestly share with a viewer. It was about this same time on a walk I found an old pocket dictionary. At first, I used it as inspiration to add titles to this work but quickly discovered it was the perfect partner for the images I was taking.
This work plays with several different levels of imparting information. The work is of a small scale letting only a seductive black and white photograph to be recognized at first. This allows the viewer distance from the work giving them the opportunity to explore the image and search their personal interpretation. Once closer they are handed an additional resource in the form of a carefully chosen word that guides this experience in a new often surprising direction. The aim is to think more consciously about how we look and deconstruct art. How bits of information that are connected to nothing personal become more human when aligned to each other.