For “Comfort Bound”, I wanted to share my own experience of each of the relationships represented in our collaboration through a series of images that told a story individually and collectively. The time spent building the set for Sydnee’s photographs informed my concept of carving and printing all six images from a single block. Once each circle is removed from the singular block print, it speaks on its own, allowing the viewer to interpret each print as its own statement in conversation with its photograph counterpart.
My aim was to invoke a feeling rather than a direct association to either the photographs or the named relationship when the prints were presented as individual rounds. Contrasting the ethereal figures in each of Sydnee’s photographs with the black and white lines of the relief prints resonates with the way relationships are defined by individuals concretely and ambiguously.
The Deserted is meant to evoke the loss of a relationship or its end. Neither positive nor negative, for our collaboration we wanted to explore the idea of an ending as something that defines individuals going forward. Be it a romantic relationship, a friendship, or the loss of a family member, these moments are never fully black and white, they are filled with the potential of what will come.
Born out of a moment of extreme confidence, I wanted to express the way I feel when I leave behind the self-doubt and self-consciousness that hang about more often than not. My inner critic is loud and present in most areas of my life, but on the days when I shut her up, nothing can stand in my way.
The Keepers, based on a photo a dear friend took of my partner, myself, and our cats when we fell asleep on our couch late one night. This piece represents the friends we can be fully ourselves with, sitting in silence comfortably, simply existing together.
The Nurturers was inspired by a conversation between Sydnee and me, as we worked on the installation piece where we took her photographs for "Comfort Bound". My partner is the one I go to no matter what is happening, he's there for me in ways no one else is. The James River has become a special place for the two of us to hide away during the heat of the summer months, making it the ideal place to pose for this piece.
We took the reference photo together, with a 10 second timer on his camera. I remained in the water, a pool built out of the moving water by river goers before us, as he scrambled over the rocks again and again, until we got the final shot.
The Activators are the ones who spark the creativity or passion within us. Be it the friend you can geek out with over Star Trek or the one who ignites a brand new series of artwork, Activators keep us fresh and help us feel alive. Throughout the pandemic, bees have been a source of fascination and inspiration for me, despite my allergic reaction to their stings. The way they go about, so busily, so focused, to keep our planet growing and thriving - simply awe inspiring to witness
A bee forces open the blossom of a Passiflora vine, late in the summer, ignoring the vibrant fully opened bloom in the background. This piece corresponds with Sydnee Schorr's photograph of an introvert and extrovert, one leading the other into the foreground.