Photographer, Painter, Mixed Media and Video Artist
Over 160 unique, free-thinking and compelling-looking volunteer subjects have been paired together as fictional lovers. Behind them are scenes from the landscapes of the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, where they were videotaped. The couples are seen in extremely slo-motion video that allows the viewer to voyeuristically examine their body language as they look into the eyes of their imagined lover.
Inspired by the Renaissance wedding portraits, in this video work, nearly four hundred painted portraits are paired together in a digital slideshow displayed in side by side gold frames, causing the viewer to question or imply relationships between the two images or between the two people.
The juxtapositions are intended to invoke questions: Are the two lovers, spouses, cousins, boss/employee, enemies or just friends? What emotions do they feel for each other: affection, boredom, contempt, or nonchalance? And what their lives together would have been like? What internal beliefs cause us to create relationships between two people even if they never knew each other?
Our perceptual bias for making instant good/bad decisions is tested as each pairing of historical photographs challenges viewers to guess who is the criminal before the titles reveal their professions. Actual mug shots for the early 20th Century are paired with historical portraits.