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river edge in fog
digital photograph
15 x 11 in
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My artworks start with a landscape or detail that I capture, fold and transform. The process is generative: a limited number of coherent, non-disjointed “wallpaper” patterns can be made. Rather than isolating and emphasizing individual objects, this process integrates them into a new whole. Although in one sense these images are facile digital manipulations, each contains a unique “emergent” pattern, arising from the alignment of components of the original photograph. The patterns are perceived as abstract, while the details are perceived as photographic. The result is ambiguous, an elaboration of the natural world that exists simultaneously in two contradictory states. The images that result from this process have no clear author or subject, as they are produced by the combination of human effort, digital technology, and nature, and can be defined as neither real objects or abstractions.