Sites of Learning, 2020
I am drawn to spaces that compose the backdrop of day-to-day life, but which may also act as fonts for curiosity, inquiry, and reflection; I have sought and continue to seek, through photography, a clear perspective of the world before me. Further, I wish to investigate the means by which we understand and learn, described by educational philosophies both past and current. At present, I am engaging with art meant to be engaged by the viewer as I contend that the experiential and the aesthetic are synonymous with learning and self-actualization.
I regularly consider:
What are the spaces where we connect to others and tap into ourselves?
What are the ways that we arrive at understanding?
Do our schools serve us completely and if not, why?
What does a fulfilled education look and feel like?
Can we see what is here and what is next?
My concern has been a revivified sense of my own surroundings, being the typical environs of a modern, imperfect society. This more heightened awareness is built upon objective views of architectural space, notations of a fraught-yet-precious interrelationship with nature, and variable considerations of the ordinary.
A lamppost is a simple thing: a bright light raised alongside sidewalks and roadways, illuminating the paths we take in our travels to and from home. Simultaneously, these objects are like silent guardians, protecting communities from the hazards of dimmed passages and waylaid orientation. They are sentinels, steadfastly lighting our possible routes. Because of their presence we may explore the shadows, safe in the knowledge that such territory has finite borders. If ever times become more grave and the night especially long they keep us vigilant of our familiar surroundings, offering a beacon forward.
Book Still Life, 2017