The Photograph as Evidence of Truth and Artifact of Fiction
Specimen is an ongoing series of photographs that emulates the aesthetic qualities of scientific imagery. The circular crop and inverted colors reference specimens as seen through a microscope. The mundane becomes pseudoscience creations transformed into subjects of study. During this transformation, the commonplace items which include various household items become more complicated, emulating the look of cells, bodily systems, and other scientific phenomena causing the ordinary to appear alien from our every day experiences.
The images are humorous and playful depictions of the everyday reexamined in a new and disorienting context. This body of work facilitates dialogue regarding the authenticity of the photographic medium, re-contextualization, the concept of originality in contemporary art, as well as science as a tool to understand and categorize the natural world.
The concepts of these images include the romanticizing of the natural world and domestic adornment; the narratives depict attempts to control and manipulate the environment to cater to our desires. Many of the photographs represent an artificial and “flawless” nature, while others focus on the romantic notion of wilderness creating a world where the boundaries between reality and fantasy are blurred. Each narrative is theatrical and staged utilizing factitious props to construct scenes ranging from simple gestures to absurd ritualized tasks. These performances represent our affinity and dissolution with nature and function to lustrate our estrangement with the natural world, coaxing the viewing to contemplate a new perspective on our relationship with nature in even the most mundane of daily routines.