I find the medium of drawing instinctual and romantic. Deliberate lines and negative spaces of paper facilitate the sensation of wonder and open the thought process for contemplation. Thus I am interested in investigating the relationship between drawing and photography.
Visual Poetry was conceived while exploring Holbox, Mexico. The island’s combination of unique milky light and bleach-white reflective sand allowed the possibility of generating images suggestive of charcoal drawings. In this series I also incorporated the human figure for the first time in my work, photographing the body as an extension of nature rather than a figure study.
In conceiving Visual Poetry I focused on my romantic relationships as they relate to my other experiences and the ways in which they have shaped my creative expression. Each of the photographs is accompanied by a series of abstract titles, creating a poem. The titles may be read in various ways, either from first to last consecutively, backwards, two or three lines at a time. This relates to human relationships, which are often reassessed in much the same way that poems may be deconstructed in a Surrealist exercise. The intent is for the viewers to experience a connection to the work—conceiving their own story and moving within the images as if they were moving through someone’s body, the body of a lover, I suppose. Visual Poetry resonates in ever-widening circles outward, seeking to encompass all who are engaged in a similar emotional journey.