Field is a large-scale studies of material worlds that explore the co-presence of abstraction and representation in photography. Made from places that I frequent in Chicago, including a west side neighborhood and the waters of Lake Michigan, the photographs in the series are taken from my height standing up, looking straight down, and contain the same amount of space from image to image.
In the act of looking, the images dissolve into fields of forms, patterns and details that overlap, repeat and morph; waves becomes mountains, and mud cracks become earth’s surfaces. Many show evidences of human activities in the landscape, from residues of food items, crushed glass bottles, to a greeting card never sent.
In exploring the tension between flatness and depth, randomness and order, and the everyday and fantastical, I am interested in turning seemingly ordinary things into photographs that have the ability to trigger a response and a new set of experiences in the viewer. In the process of scanning and moving around the photograph, there is an acute awareness of the act of seeing, as well as a sense of being in the present as image turn into other things right before your eyes as you look at it.