My work in photography and video explores the ideas of personal and celebrity mythology. IÕm interested in how culture reflects individual stories and how that information is portrayed in the media. I often work in series. Each photo/video series explores a different type of relationship. Bill & Hil represents happiness in a relationship. Dancing with Richard Butler explores the act of idolizing someone. Rihanna & Chris explores the degradation of a relationship into violence. Janet & Paula explores a professional relationship that is imbued with jealousy. All of these involve melding two people into one.
Increasingly I view my work as being more performance and installation based and less about traditional photography. Though my performances are conducted in private, they are still motivated by many of the same urges as live performance, to reveal a universal humanity and connect with an audience. Using in-camera multiple exposures, I create complex imaginary worlds. I use my own body and face as a blank canvas with which to explore different character archetypes. The chance crisscrossing of limbs, buildings, plants and graffiti adds to the visual narrative. Gender ambiguity, body movement and the processes of time (age, decay, and nostalgia) become further statements about the characters I play.
By working in video or using an entire role of film to create a single image, my work is naturally expressed in a linear format and shows progressive action over time. This is exemplified through timelines IÕve made that show the cumulative presence of public figures in the media such as Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey. More recently IÕve begun to chart of the work of film director Adrian Lyne. I am interested in the emotional drama of the video still. There is a heightened quality when video images are removed from their original context. I view my role as an artist is to make sense of the world and provide another perspective with which to look at it. This stems from an irrepressible urge to actualize the images in my head. There are many artists I admire from Cindy Sherman, Adrian Piper, and Tony Ourselor to David Bowie and Fred Astaire. Michel GondryÕs work has been a huge influence on me. IÕm inspired by the surreal and whimsical environments he creates. For me, they perfectly bridge the gap between the worlds of music video and narrative film. All of these artists contribute to the artistic/cultural dialogue that I see my self directly engaged with.