Microcosmic, cyanotype, 5x7", 2016-17
My cyanotypes focus on the ethereal, particularly through human fascination with the unknown and our attempts to categorize everything. But what happens when we cannot recognize what we are looking at? What is seemingly a tondo landscape in blue, as if viewed through a telescope or, more accurately, a microscope, is a fragment of someone’s body? Each of the cyanotypes in my Microcosmic series is an abstracted view of the body as a landscape put under the speculation of a visual microscope, prompting the eye to search for clues, challenging viewers to rethink what they are seeing and what exactly they desire to see. We are drawn to familiarity, thus the transformation of our human figure into a foreign, almost extraterrestrial scene, questions our ways of seeing. Do we believe our eyes, or do we instinctively search for some hidden meaning? These blue worlds are equally frustrating, inviting, soothing, and mysterious to our senses, touching multiple points of emotion and sensation.