Open Books

I create photographically illustrated books springing from my fascination with the book format and a love of texture in art. My imagery is inspired by the surreal and poetic moments of living in our fast-paced, modern world. I'm fascinated by how daily life in the 21st Century presents us with incredible experiences in such regularity that we no longer differentiate between what is natural and what is colored with implausibility, humor, and irony.

These hard cover books are hand bound with marbleized paper and displayed fully opened to a photographically illustrated two-page folio spread. Each book is framed in a wooden shadowbox and presented as a wall piece. I like the idea of making art that contains some imagery which can be sensed but not seen. The underlying pages contain my photographs, snapshots, and work prints that "gave their lives" for the imagery visible in the open spread. These images lie beneath the open pages like history.

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Somewhere, A Man's Shoes Are Wet
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Christina's New World
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The Wolf On My Island
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Signs of Life
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Changing Nature
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Paper Boats
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The Good Wife
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Pavlov's Wife
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Lake Boy Indian
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Our Thoughts Wander
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Little Pink Houses
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Real Estate History
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Desert Solitaire
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The West, Then and Now
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Where The Land Touches the Sea
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Three Hour Tour
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Ant Farm
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The Contents of My Savings
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Roller Coaster
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Golf with Freud
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Tina Modotti's Roses
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The Dreams of Men and Women
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Installation View: Solo Show
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel