Ascending to Post-Humanism "Ghost Studies" 2009 - 2016
Shot over seven years, only now is my fascination with contorting the body and creating ghostly images beginning to make sense. My obsession with becoming obsolete, disappearing, and maintaining an emergent ontology guides this collection of photographs of both models and self-portraits. Each photograph began with space. I was inspired by a large kiln that I sat in before and after firing a vessel intended for ashes, the urn. I visited Auschwitz, I saw my family name over and over. I thought of the life size kiln. I sat in the basement of my home, laid on the cement floor imagining the world below, the core of the earth, the core of myself. I dressed a friend in white, recreating a childhood memory, the Catholic school and the theatre had the same floors. I imagined and read stories of prison, of solitary confinement, of Guantanamo. I became and unbecame someone who believed in something.