Throughout history, female authors have been known to conceal their identities by taking up a pen name (nom de plume) so that their voices, through their writings, could be heard and distributed uncensored. It is under this premise by which I began to write with light, using photography as a vehicle to open up and discuss issues that are difficult to verbalize: issues of identity, illness, addiction, abuse, death and recovery. This is a series of discoveries, connections, and reflections with self and with others.
The rustling of a wild-bird's wings,
A star, a flower, a gush of rain,
The sight of sad or joyous things,
Oft makes me seem a child again:
With voiceless eloquence they come,
Bright phantoms of my childhood's home.
ROSA VERTNER JEFFREY, "My Childhood's Home"
I use a child’s ragdoll in the series Blue Jeans and Friends to examine wasteful practices and promote the ideals of sustainability and creative reuse. In artistic protest against mass consumption and textile waste, this work preserves the cultural heritage of the craftsman, venerates tradition, and speaks to the belief of those who maintain that goods and their utility should ideally last for generations. The materials used to make the dolls are discarded fabric deemed no longer in fashion or usable. Repurposed and transformed through creativity and ingenuity, the artisanal process signifies an ideology that promotes sustainability and giving.
This series represents a study of Spider Orchids and the process of their decay and ultimate death. During my observation of the spider orchids, it appeared that they presented a playful spirit that longed to live on. This series reminds me that our strength and renewal stems from the transformation of an old self and emergence of a new self.