I am an artist and music composer based out of Providence, RI, and an MFA candidate in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design.
My recent work focuses on the undercurrent of private experience and its quiet power in our lives. I am interested in the ways that secret desires and emotions manifest as events. My concern is not whether these events are socially accepted or appropriate, but simply that they exist and motivate us.
The opt-in nature of online interactions creates new opportunities for people to transform desire into experience. Lurking (2010-present) is comprised of screenshots from live video chat rooms that are later paired as diptychs, thus simulating the interactions of strangers in virtual spaces. The diptych installations are a vicarious testament to the experience of private sexual and emotional expression that is universal but publicly veiled. Although digital culture carries with it the burden of trivializing human interaction in general, my work hints at the fleeting significant moments that also arise.
Michael (2008-present) aims to build an imagined history around the life of my uncle: an artist and gay man living through the early 1980s in rural Massachusetts. This series of photographs, titled From Home to the Ledges, documents the path that he walked before his untimely death and presumed suicide. This was the same road I traveled to and from home every day as a child. Its curves and canopy appear easily in my imagination.
The facts and memories that orbit around actual events are often incapable of standing in for the flesh and emotion of experience. We are left as distant onlookers to an ever-decaying history.