The photograph is a physical embodiment of human memory. The photographs in my work are objects that exist after the demise of the moment in which they maintained their authentic affiliations. I feel a need to not only collect these objects but to chronicle their partial and malleable history. When I work with a photograph taken by another person, it is without its original context. The only emotional connection I can have with the photograph is a visceral reaction to its aesthetic value or projections of my own past experiences.
The disassociation with the photographer’s intended purpose of preservation and the lack of original meaning of a photograph once it is taken out of context is what sustains my process. I see the progression of time as a force of abstraction that is enacted on our past. The objects, emotion, or physical sensation that we have experienced in the past become distorted memories on which we can only reflect. The art that I produce is a physical representation of these distorted memories.