Marionettes and Other Ghosts of Vision explores the inherent performance exchanged between my Self as observer and my Subjects, the persona. My love for film scenes and gritty cinematic locations inspires these environmental character portraits that reflect my own sense of longing, perhaps to be accepted, seen, and recognized as a strong, dynamic and often melancholy presence in my own life. Drawn to solitude and detritus, shape, light and darkness, dramatic weather and emotion, my work evokes a feeling of isolation. An isolation I have always felt even enveloped in the company of others. A feeling of being left behind, abandoned, dropped, silent.  

My desire to perform in my own story without exposing my Self compels me to participate in the scene from behind the lens at a safe distance from the intimacies of relationship while remaining fully engaged with my subject in the collaborative process. The subjects become my character portraying one moment from my vision in each scene, as they tap into their own creativity to explore personas to fit my story. Marionettes and Other Ghosts of Vision celebrates this collaborative process between my Self and my Subjects. The story hints at what role these souls might have played in this space, the Ghosts of this seemingly haunted, former railroad employee hospital, rumored psyche ward, who are now forever lost in the palpable spirit of this abandoned place.

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