A good portion of my work over the years has involved image making that starts with an abstract thought and expands out into visual representation. For a long time, part of my art has revolved around capturing the surreal, the impressionist, the expressionist, and other abstract expression through the medium of photography. Thus, Journeys of the Mind is not a recent development in my work. Some of the images in this exhibition are attempts to capture various journeys that we all make at some point. Others are journeys that have been specific to my experiences through the years. Through my life I have had continual senses of birth and rebirth. As the understanding of myself and the world around me expanded, I experienced occasional transcendental moments.
The core images comprise new work created between October, 2022 and June 2023. These photographic tableaux invoke some sense of travel, displacement, motion, passage of time: physical journeys that became metaphysical journeys. Woven into many of the images are oblique references to places, events, and people; some are to a great degree autobiographical. Musical references permeate these works, reflecting the profound influence of my other muse, music. Many show the influence of dreams as I’ve kept a child-like open mind to how things might be if I were to follow Alice down the rabbit hole.
Traditionally, photography is thought of as a means of capturing a scene exactly as it appears, and the camera becomes a mediator between a scene and the viewer. Going into the creation of this collection, I asked if I could use the camera as a paintbrush, or rather its output as a collection of brushstrokes. While this virtual camera cannot pull images directly out of my imagination, I can, in my mind’s eye (and photo catalog), look through the hundreds of thousands of photographs I’ve made across a lifetime and merge selections onto the digital canvas to tell a story of my choosing.
The exhibition opens at Gallery 12 in Wichita, Kansas on October 6, 2023.