The constructed photographs within the series Lost Ground, (2017-19) respond to our planet’s current man-made environmental crises by investigating the human psyche and its parallel to changes now being revealed in our environment. The work addresses the many environmental changes happening now, particularly those that are man-made and caused beyond reason including climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, air and water pollution, and the draining of our natural resources.
I begin the creative process by photographing and printing places within the natural environment that I consider my personal sanctuary. To provide a representation of human thoughts and emotions, I utilized data output from electroencephalogram (EEG) testing used to analyze electrical activity of the human brain. The data was derived from file records of EEG testing of distressed brains as a visualization of the inconsistencies and aberrations of human thoughts and emotions. The EEG test data was printed directly onto cotton gauze material of the kind used to cover wounds. The gauze “veils” were hand sewn onto archival pigment prints utilizing surgical thread made from nylon monofilament, partially or completely covering the images beneath.
This unique combination of materials echo human emotional responses of pain, healing, vulnerability and protection, reflecting common grounds shared with the health of our planet and society. Ultimately, this work was created to help connect and reinforces the symbiotic relationships that exist within the natural environment, society and the individual.
Each work is constructed by the artist with elements that are created and hand applied with a slight variance. Each piece is signed by the artist en verso.