I’ve never been satisfied with the two dimensionality of the photographic surface. It lacks the space three dimensional subjects exist in. Over the years I have tried to break out of this flat plane by physically manipulating the very nature of the photographic paper it is printed on.
Weaving, machine stitching and hand embroidery are several techniques I have applied to my photographs to add space and depth. Yet when I re-photographed the final results, the reproduction of course flattened the image out again. This is the precise reason I decided to exhibit my embroidered photographic series “Home as Hat - Flora as Fashion”, so that the viewer can visually see the interrupted surface.
I chose to photograph portraits of friends and family in front of architectural elements and local flora so I could then stitch garments on top of the paper surface. The colorful embroidery floss was a perfect counterpoint to the black and white portraits. It accentuates the sitters inner and outer persona.
The decorative nature of architecture and fashion often takes cues from the natural world. In reinterpreting their structural forms, I present to you an invisible world I saw existing on the surface of the image and deep within each individual I photographed.