My photography (and video and performance work) explores how the mind works
and how its mechanisms affect how people (especially lovers) interact with each
other. In collaboration with various famous philosophers and pyschologists,
I explore the link between the way procedures jostle for attention in one's
own consciousness and the way lovers compete to control each other's behavior.
Another theme running through my photography is the way one's memories, future
plans, fantasies and desires compete for attention with the "real world."
I convey this simultaneity through digital manipulation: an opera singer practices
in a room full of distractions and alternate selves acting on her; a husband
fantasizes murdering a sleeping spouse in a bedroom filled with dry ice. To
illustrate the way memory acts as a scrim on our daily experience and relationships,
I transform toys and children's books and shoot in abandoned swimming pools
In my pictures, I also explore the theatricality of daily life, "performances"
which are about both the way we speak to ourselves in conscious experience and
the way married couples perform with each other. To this end, I manipulate and
position my subjects like department-store mannequins and photograph them using
the hotlights of film. I use entertaining and theatrical compositions, digital
manipulation, children's objects, and stereo photography (View Master Reels
and Holmes stereo viewers) to surprise the viewer while giving a sense of recognition.