Inner Workings (2001-2008, 2018- )
I grew up in an environment of invention and engineering, which led me to create photographs using gears, springs and other mechanical objects seems natural. I’m interested in the spirals in springs, the meshing of gears and bends of pipes not for what they are, but what they could be when combined as elements of a new image.
The elements objects in the photograph need to work like the parts of the well-oiled machines they once were, but now the precision is visual. Forgetting what the parts are or how they functioned in the past, they now become partially abstracted shapes, which invite viewer imagination. To me, this makes an image that continually engages the viewer’s interest and doesn’t tire over time.
I consider my metal sculpture created as a true compliment to the Inner Workings series. Please find some examples on the ABOUT page.
The Inner Workings series and my sculpture are inextricably linked. My interest and exploration of all things mechanical, the history of innovation and the passage of time as metal fatigues is created in these two and three dimensional works.
25 photographs make up the Inner Working series photographed on large format film.