“Pop!” Artist Statement

Explosions in the Sky 

In artistic compositions, negative space takes on a secondary role to the primary subject matter. Some believe that this void represents everything that is lacking in human experience. Writer Mark Levy, PhD., states that this is an experience of Western culture, and that the void can be “directly experienced in the gap between thoughts.” I am finding these empty spaces and making them tangible through photography.

The floating phenomenons in my photographs fill the void of the urban and natural landscapes. I alter the real physical space with real floating colorful clouds of smoke and allow nature to dictate the shape and duration. This allows me to capture the momentary glimpse of the vacant space. By using crude and readily available resources, I am experimenting with the tension of upward or outward movement against the downward force of gravity, creating the illusion of gravity defiance.