My work deals with the mental process of transition, a particular phase when our parameters of perception shift; we suddenly don't see ourselves, our environment, or our life quite the same way we used to: We undergo what could be called a gestalt change. These transitional periods often feel like being in a place we know but can't quite identify. As we try to adjust to a post-modern society marked by speed and the implosion of boundaries between image and referent, appearance and reality, we repeatedly get this feeling of disorientation and dissonance.
We have been introduced to a new stage of abstraction, a dematerialization in which images and signs take on a life of their own, divorced from our former notion of the real. The loss of concrete connections to the objects of our senses creates a void within us, and unleashes a flow of new and elusive perceptions. Giving them the visual characteristics of a landscape is my way to explore them.
Unlike traditional photography, which seizes an instant of reality, my images are constructed from photographs taken in various separate locations over the course of several months, then digitally altered, layered and blended until the real and the fabricated become a seamless composition. Rather than depending on ready-made settings found in the outside world, I create photomontages in a way similar to how we form a mental image with scattered fragments from our experiences.