NOTE FROM THE ARTIST
Works of abstract expressionism are defined by freedom of expression of the artist with an emphasis on the importance of the creative process. Through photography I am able to create visual representations of emotion, time and space by refracting light and color.
As other abstract expressionist works, these images are large in scale. They command the room and your attention – you don’t look at these images, you fall in to them. In this space within the image, the viewer can share in my journey as an artist by releasing an intent to control what you see and letting the image reveal itself to you by means of automatism. It is this subtle difference between creating faces by constructing them and revealing faces by allowing my subconscious to recognize them that elevates my art form.
In my process, I utilize a great deal of personal experience and inherited knowledge of ancestral spirits. From my childhood on the Mexican Border and through my project spanning the last decade of the 20th century documenting tribal rituals in Mexico, I have learned to recognize the unique energies that surround and permeate our existence. Through the process of capturing light and color – I have realized a way to commune with these spirits and transcribe an emotion through the use of my camera.
Installation photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s12gamqki3zuqfa/AACry7IHZh_Mv0--UQuEHgeza?dl=0,
This exhibition would have NEVER come to pass without the fine effort put forth by Joseph Wilhelm, of Meridian Fine Arts, Blue Lake, California, who helped me curate, coordinate with Bay Photo, which printed the metals, printed and shipped this exhibition in a timely manner along with specific advice about hanging it. Add to that, in-sights by Flora Larrabee, Jungian psychotherapist Anna Guerra, and photographer/curator/philosopher, Fernando Castro Ramirez. Marco Salinas, who hung the exhibition so beautifully and hooked us up with Trent Blake at Stage Directions, who organized the visuals. Barbara Ryan, Jen Wilkens, and everyone else at the Jung center, all whom have been most hospitable and easy to work with, have my deepest gratitude.