This is an ongoing series that explores the bizarreness of interactions both real and imagined in everyday life. The work examines those questions that pop into your mind when you see something odd or pass strangers on the street - the feeling of wondering if someone just smiled or laughed at you, was that a dirty look or a friendly gesture. The work also explores the fallacy of our own emotional perceptions. The interactions depicted are in fact simulations, composites from multiple photos taken over several days, to create an imitation of the confounding emotional situations we experience everyday.
As a child I remember watching my mother clean our apartment diligently everyday, tired or not. Thoughts of her work inspired the series Domesticity.
Domesticity is a ongoing project that investigates the evolution of the nineteenth century ideology of ideal womanliness, a pius submissive wife and mother, relegated to home life—the haven of cleanliness, happiness, and virtue. The images ask questions of the routine of maintaining a household. What does it look like when those routines break down? What role do commercial products play in both ordering and subverting these routines? How does one uniform herself, both physically and socially, in context to the cultural practices we adopt? How does one rebel in a domestic environment?
These immediately familiar experiences and questions arise in this photographically constructed claustrophobic home environment where the practices of domesticity both literally and figuratively become an easily identified uniform.
The evolution of beaches from being a wealthy health resort destination in the mid-19th century into a middle and working class leisure attraction parallels the cultural evolution of more openness to public degrees of undress, drunkenness, distraction, and play. In the Montrose series, beaches are examined as the working class urban intersection between city life and communing with a curated nature. The contemporary incarnation of beach leisure subverts 19th century paintings of well heeled men in three piece suits escorting corseted debutants along makeshift boardwalks. It’s this unknowingly subversive aspect of contemporary beach leisure that inspired this work.