Decay is synonymous with life. Whether organic or fabricated, everything has a life cycle – a beginning and end.
This Decay Series addresses a point in that journey – primarily with metal objects and their reaction to elements such as paint, moisture, sun, rain, snow, and human disuse. Yet these objects can be something beautiful and uniquely different from their intended use.
Culturally we are attracted to shiny new perfect “things”. Objects which have served their usefulness are discarded thoughtlessly, or ignored and cast aside. I believe this series reveals the authenticity and beauty that can be found in objects after their “expiration date” so to speak.
My hope is that viewers will begin to see and appreciate the “beauty” of decay.
I’ve often wondered why an old photograph ends up in a pile with nameless strangers at a flea market. Does the lineage end? Perhaps it is a result of an uncaring or divisive family? As a woman without family I wonder if my printed “special moment” photos will bear the same fate or, even worse, be buried under someone’s dinner scraps in a city dump.
My Vintage Series photos are an opportunity to give lost souls a second life. The photos are open to new story lines, and new interpretations, free of any pre-conceived knowledge or familial obligations. I hope they would be proud.