At the age of 23, I emerged from a lifetime of captivity into a new world where I would begin in utter poverty and ignorance. I would also have the ability to exercise free thought and free choice for the first time. I now knew that I had been brainwashed from the cradle–but if all of that had been a lie, what was the truth?
My camera became the lens through which I searched. As I continue to push the boundaries of digital photography, printmaking, and prose, I am constantly developing new ways to manipulate, interpret, and recontextualize my photos.
Every element in my digital photo compositions, from the tiniest flowers to the contour of the landscape, is a photograph–sometimes 40 or more individual photographs–that I shot, positioned and manipulated on a digital canvas using Photoshop. This contemporary printmaking process results in a pigment ink print on fine art watercolor rag with effects of depth, perspective, texture, motion, and lighting to mimic traditional 2-D representational mediums.
I use my photography to illustrate my interactive digital scrolls, making the scrolls both a deconstruction and an expansion of my photo compositions, contextualizing many of the same component images and concepts while each also explores new territory. I code the scrolls for interaction on the web using CSS code and PHP functions, adding images throughout the text, in the background, and hidden within areas that can only be seen when interacting with the scroll.
To deconstruct my work is to unearth the artifacts of my past. Under the surface are discoveries that suggest exploration of society as a set of constructs that defines a default and an other, and keeps the “other” relegated to the margins.