What’s not there is often the most significant – the body that was there and that might come in the future, what one was thinking about and trying to do and the distraction that caused the turn of attention, and all the destinations pulling us through life. This work looks at the traces if this passing through the world – not, however, via the successes, but through the mistakes and signs of use.
What results is a somewhat open ended collection of photographs taken of abstractions that result from things left behind by those who pass through the city. The images explore a line between abstraction and representation, narrative content and materialism that exists beyond a particular place or story. In this sense, this work explores the line between the specificity of a site in which something takes places and the generality of that occurrence and the material effect that results. This exploration is brought to the foreground when particular photographs become the source of paintings that invest the image with a new materiality and attention given to their creation by the maker using a brush rather than camera.