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My practice as an artist is to fabricate narrative from found imagery. I combine my own photographs with discarded family snapshots and reinterpret what they communicate. By thoughtfully arranging random images, I take pictures of what I imagine. I hold the viewer in that imagined universe while a single second of some implied drama unfolds.

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Size is Relative/Night Ride Home:

From early childhood, we are given toy cars to play with; which in turn fuels the imagination for fleeing to the open road. “It’s not just your car it’s, your freedom” goes the old slogan for the General Motors car company. It is a sentiment, which has firmly lodged itself into the American consciousness. I began the photo series, “Size is Relative” thinking of the Matchbox cars as stand-ins for the real thing. I wanted to photograph them as they might have been in the original advertisements; the beau ideal of the sleek sports car poised on the edge of a California cliff overlooking the ocean, the family sedan cruising through the mountains, or a day at the beach with the station wagon- tailgate down. At the start, I chose the cars that my siblings and I had played with when we were young. These cars had the patina of age: some with chipped paint, one or two with a cracked windshield, and some with old mud in the tires from a day of off-road exploration. These were the cars that filled my mind of imagined road trips. In the second part of the series, “Night Ride Home” I shifted the focus from the cars themselves to the mood of the drive home. I shot the background images on a number of road trips. They are printed and used as seamless backdrops for the model cars to be placed into and re-photographed.

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