Mediums Photography, film, dance performance
Studio Bakehouse Art Complex
Recent Show FIU online exhibition
Is there a piece that signifies a breakthrough for you?
Sendero is a breakthrough piece because it was the catalyst to an exploration that has defined my practice. It was with this photograph that I began creating my visual language by simplifying the conversation between anatomy(geometry) & color(light). It was then that I became more conscious of my love for the little details.
Which artwork makes you the most proud?
Amber White is one of my favorite artworks. It is simple and powerful. It is the calm before the storm. And it occurred in 5 minutes, literally. I planned out a daylong photo session with dancer, Amber Bryan; drove out to the Redlands in Homestead, and as I was unloading my gear, we noticed the storm approaching and the wind picking up. We were already there so we proceeded to capture at least 1 photo before it poured on us. I set up only 1 light, and used the wind to our advantage as it elevated the fabric. The storm was brewing and I told Amber to enact calmness. The wind blew, and I captured the moment. It downpoured a few seconds later. This relates to artwork I admire because some of the best work out there, are "mistakes", unplanned occurrences that lead to great discoveries. That's what I find beautiful in photography, I am capturing reality as it happens.
Do you have a piece made during a rough patch in your life?
I composed this photograph during quarantine in 2020. I was, as all of us were, stuck at home. Luckily, there was Greynold's River running along my backyard. Playing with color and fabric, I decided to interrupt the landscape with some contradiction. I felt it adequate to interrupt, just as the virus interrupted our lives.
Which artwork is the most personally meaningful to you?
Untitled (bloody toe) is an early work in my career, before art school, before art jargon, before I even knew what I was doing. It is a piece I always refer back to because it was RAW expression. I felt a strong desire to go on a walk, and I did so barefoot. I took with me a blank paper and India ink. As my luck would have it, I cut my left foot. It was then I decided to stand on the paper and let the blood outline my feet. As I did this, it began to rain. I grabbed a nearby fallen coconut, ripped it and used it as a brush to apply ink on the paper. I made minimal gestural marks and allowed the raindrops to do the rest. I look back at this work and remember my innocent, playful, creative mind.
Upload the last photo on your phone and tell us about it.
After a long day of photographing, I returned to my studio to drop off gear. Before I began editing, I took a break and laid on the ground. The colors you see are fabrics that I use for sculptures in my photographs. Behind me is a ladder that I use to get to my storage, above my studio. I am listening to Philip Glass.