I am an interdisciplinary artist. My practice includes photography, writing and meditation. My art is a contemporary inquiry into psychological space, place, memory, loss, longing, narrative and healing. My work investigates the liminal space between what was, what is and what will be. I’m curious about the ways in which outer landscapes are equivalents of the inner landscape of emotional states.
Through writing and photography I explore the memories held by land and place. I am interested in photography and writing as vehicles for telling stories and the resulting healing that occurs for self, others and the Earth. My intention is, in part, to facilitate the telling of stories that are not typically told. Speaking the unspeakable. Bringing into the light those aspects of our Self that often remain hidden. Developing and teaching a language for these experiences, encouraging a speaking out about them. Fostering common ground upon which to connect with others, thereby decreasing the sense of social isolation for those living within those stories that many people cannot bear to hear. I encourage personal healing with the belief that this also creates social and environmental change.
My photography practice is deeply influenced by the theory of Carl Jung and Minor White and by Buddhist teachings and practice. My work is influenced by the concepts of synchronicity, the collective unconscious, meditation and mindfulness. I approach both writing and photography from a meditative state, waiting and listening for the whispers of synchronicity in a similar way that I spend time being with light in my landscape photographs—waiting for meaning, messages, intuitions, and moments of grace, following images that arouse my curiosity, opening myself to words, and waiting for that moment when spirit moves me to release the shutter. I work with subtle qualities of light to create emotional tone in a photograph. I believe that emotional expression in art and how we feel about what we are creating is just as important, if not more so, than the technical aspects of a photograph.
My writing is deeply influenced by the work of Carole Maso, Virginia Woolf, and Terry Tempest Williams. I write because it is healing, and it sustains me. I am deeply moved by the ways in which longing and desire inspire language and art. Both my daily practice and creative writing originate from a place of attempting to express authentic voice, and I strive to inspire others to become intimate with their own authentic voices as writers and artists.
I am committed to making art that unearths truths, offers healing and creates social and environmental change. I feel passionate about making meaning of experience through creating narratives with writing and photography. I am continually in awe of the healing power that is inherent in both the creation and the sharing of our personal stories. I like to imagine a world in which each of us takes responsibility for telling our own stories in the interest of healing self, other and the Earth. Perhaps we could just heal this planet, one story at a time.