|EN FOCO | Photographers|
Bathing Suit, Worn series, 2006.
Toned gelatin silver print, 23x17“
Mom's Passport, Reconstructed Memories series, 2004.
Drawers & Suitcase, Reconstructed Memories series, 2004.
Resides: New York City
The Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
The Museum of Contemporary Art, NY
Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ
The Shane House, Tucson, AZ
University of New Mexico Art Museum, NM
McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
Lynn Arts, Inc, Boston, MA
BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 1999
MFA,The University of Arizona, Tucson, 2001
Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2006.
Nueva Luz photographic journal, Volume 11#2 (En Foco: Bronx, 2006)
Photography helps me understand the unstable nature of memory. Some memories are forcefully vivid while others fade or are out of focus. Sometimes memories are at odds, or they can be completely nonexistent altogether. Both reflect the importance and struggle to remember, the desire to bring the past to the surface.
From 2000-2001, I was using my own family’s snapshots to piece together a history of separation, religion, love, immigration, loss and fidelity. Reconstructed Memory: Exploring the Myth of the Family Snapshot, incorporated several dimensions of experience and reality, with a miniature model at the heart of an installation combining slide dissolves, a constructed environment, audio and video.
My current body of work, Worn, contemplates the presence and absence of a loved one through images of clothing that bear signs of age and use. Clothes are very intimate objects that have direct contact with a body. Clothes can conform to the physical body they cover. The arrangement and positioning of the objects, twisted, reverentially folded or continuing out of the frame, allude to the subject as just having been there or the observer as mourner.
The photographs were made with the wet-collodion process. The process imparts many imperfections in the final image. Chemical markings combined with areas of extreme sharpness and areas of soft focus from shallow depth of field mimic memory, in all its fluidity and fragments.