WUNDERKAMMER

statement


My work is strongly influenced by natural history dioramas, cabinets of curiosity, still life painting and other visual manifestations of man’s attempt to categorize, comprehend and ultimately control the natural world.


The images in this series represent a personal cabinet of curiosities.  Unlike earlier naturalists who dried, pickled or mounted their specimens, my finds are preserved through photography.  The items depicted include road kill animals; flowers, vegetables and insects from my garden; dishes and household objects.  The flora and fauna found in these images are all common in suburbia.  As I collect these items, I arrange them into ephemeral constructions and photograph them in bright even light.  The clean white backgrounds signify both the clinical eye of science and the suburban perfection of a Martha Stewart Magazine spread.   The square panels may be arranged in a neat grid reminiscent of shelves or drawers.  Much like the earliest cabinets, the taxonomy of this collection is more whimsical than scientific.  Ultimately, these photographs are a reflection of the often uncomfortable relationship between humans and nature in American suburbia.