In the past I have used the medium of photography as my expressive medium. I often use found subjects rather than constructed. Getting acquired to new materials proved to be a challenging experience. Moving from found subjects to constructed subjects I feel has opened new doors for exploration on my photography. I am no longer limited to what I see in-front of me, yet am able to fabricate my own worlds and ideas. Being able to build environments and props creates a new approach then photographing from what can be taken. It allows me to further manipulate and add to my surroundings.
There was a learning curve for all the materials used in class, not all materials used were comfortable to work with at first, plaster being something that struggled for me to meld correctly. Working in sizes up to 15 feet seemed almost unreasonable at the beginning of the semester, now that I have seen what can be attained using the simplest of materials, I find myself wanting to work on a much larger scale.
In the past I have been inspired by more gothic artist’s such as Tim Burton and Wya’t brothers, along with other photographers and artist that dealt with this darker more mysterious, sort of frightening aesthetic. Playing with these ideas of dread and dismay become to one minded, that the artwork is intended to invoke specific reactions at the viewer. I would like to start to stray from that path and try to make work that deals more with perception, and our ways of looking into things. Where it should be open to more interpretation. I would also like to expand on the interpretation of color, and ideas or emotions that can be conveyed using color. I would like to develop ways of applying this to photography, as well as using surroundings and found environments.