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Rodin's photographer

The French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was one of the first artists to realize the potential of photography invented around the time he was born.He employed many photographers, but one in particular I became intrigued with was one the history books knew only as “Anonymous.” Through her letters and photos I have begun to piece together the story of this Victorian spirit photographer’s work and share with you here what I have uncovered so far. How she appeared to Rodin is very much like one would imagine the inspiration for his sculptures came to him — an encounter between body and light.

From her letters: “I am afraid of my body or this force other than me that I stumbled upon. A desire to feel free and passionate plummeted me into Rodin’s world where that is all that exists. All he concerns himself with is sculpting the expressive forces of the body and the eternal nature of the soul. With my camera I want to also reveal the mystery of how the spirit moves us.”

 

 

 

 

 
heart crown

As a photographer I explore mythic imagination. I question it and listen with wonder and belief to its language that speaks from the heart and mind together. Often in life we fall into and out of myth, especially when it comes to romantic love. Many believe that romantic love is a fantasy, yet it is also truth, a psychological truth playing through us and telling us who we are and what we need. In an effort to find out what was true to me, I called upon a Knight, the King and the Queen. I traveled to wild landscapes and also collaborated with nature, which often speaks to us in mythic language. Heart Crown is a sonnet illustrated by fourteen small photos, each transferred onto beeswax-coated paper. This work can also be viewed at heartcrown.com.

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the desk

When I got my secretary desk in 2007 I expected to write about love and found I could not. So, I photographed myself instead, asking, “What does love look like?” I've included a few images from the series The Desk which were shown at Gallery 070 in 2008.

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ghosts in love

Ghosts in Love is a series of etchings and text telling the story of some phenomena haunting the heart. These very improvised moments documented on film and digital video are akin to performance art. I printed the images first as fine art black and white photos in a traditional darkroom. Inspired by 19th century photogravures, I then turned the photos into copperplate etchings and printed them by hand on a press.

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a fury tale

A Fury Tale is an illustrated love poem reminiscent of tableaux vivants by 19th century allegorical photographers. Each piece in the series is a combination of my favorite mediums of performance, photography, printmaking and writing. Greek poets wrote about three Furies as “those who walked in darkness” and were thought to pursue sinners on earth. I photographed models acting out scenes of what might happen if a Fury from the mythical realm of the Underworld fell in love. Using a photo-etching process, I transferred the photographic image onto a copperplate and with a press printed the images onto fine art paper.

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in her dreams

In her dreams is an installation that comes from 14 years of night dreams and what could be garnered from notes made the next day. These notes, as well as subsequent visions, inform what I do with the camera and how I act out these dreams before it, using a self-timer and relying on the moment—all those unframed things that a woman lives out before and after the photograph. A selection of my thesis work is included in this gallery.

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