somewhere in between
Inside every artist is a desire to make something that has never been seen before, the need to connect to truth in a unique way, the drive to create something undeniable. I have probably spent equal time with a camera and a paintbrush in hand and over the years I have searched consistently for a process that would organically morph the two. I drew on photographs and ran paintings through my printer, I sewed, glued and embedded media. I make paintings that felt more like photographs and took pictures that appeared to be paintings. With Somewhere In Between the photo and the paint have finally and seamlessly merged.
The work that makes up Somewhere In Between, are unique images composed of a photograph and a painting. The paintings, shot digitally are from the series Random Thoughts (begun in 1995) and are 8x8" oils on wood panel. The photographs are from my digital archives. As a collagist and an archivist, it has been an amazing journey for me to go through my work from the perspective of it being raw material and watch it transform when it finds its complement in a painting. Going forward as a photographer it has given me enormous trust in following the inclinations and demands of "the little voice" that knows how to gather what I might need in the future.
The title: Somewhere In Between refers to both medium and message. While technically a digital image, these prints are truly "somewhere in between" a painting and a photograph and the power of their impact rests in the haunting, tiny, almost subliminal space "somewhere in between" its two components that have become one.