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Photography: Polaroid on Paper.
Who would have known that time would be the main component for art?
For the past thirty years I have been working exclusively with Polaroid film.
“Grace and Truth” is an exploration of physical and metaphorical transformation. This is achieved both by chemicals ravaging the images and through time.
One afternoon, while working in my studio, an accident occurred. I spilled chemicals on my Polaroid film. This caused what I thought to be severe damage to the Polaroids, so I threw them out. The next day I had second thoughts and retrieved them from the trash only to discover that something quite magical had happened to the surface of the film. I decided to put them away for safekeeping and forgot about them until seven years later. When I rediscovered them time had transformed the images dramatically. As time passed, the exposed in-camera images changed and new landscapes appeared. A new world emerged from the original stark black background. This newfound process allowed me to alter the original photographic images from one state to another.
My desire is to create images that convey the passage of time and to transcend time through my work. The figures recede into the background, into another dimension of space and time. They are ghosts from another era. The integral component in the changing evolution of these images is time itself. Like a fossil unearthed, the images are fragmented and degraded. As with a fresco’s aging plaster, the imagination is forced to fill in the voids...
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