The cherries are rotting and glistening

The photographs in the Vanity series are constructions in which elaborate and eventually rotting botanical arrangements are installed in front of various photographic backdrops, mirrors, and windows. The slow and subtle movement of death exposed by the element of decay in the rotting still life is mirrored by the long exposures the large format photographs require. I am interested in a certain ambiguity in the pictures where the collapse of foreground and background onto one plane suggests our perceptions of the world could be layered in one moment. The images simultaneously look inside and out, with elements of reflection confusing the distinction between interior and exterior spaces and presenting multiple points of view. Testing assumptions of belief and photographic truth, the images continue to give evidence of scenarios that never actually existed.


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