ARTIST STATEMENT: Over the past several years my creative practice has transitioned from painting to photography with my training as a painter informing my work in important ways. The photographs presented here represent the work done during the past year on a series that began in early 2012, when I embarked on a long-term studio project with a model to explore figurative imagery and narrative. I make the costumes, and construct the set and props as part of the process, which involves long exposures and carefully choreographed motion.
“A very costly masque prepared but not shown”— the title of the series presented here — is referencing documents describing the entertainment provided for Queen Elizabeth I in 1575 during one of her visits to Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Villagers and townsfolk customarily provided the most lavish of entertainment to impress—seemingly simple theatrical productions that, from contemporary descriptions, must have appeared as pure magic to the Royal party and all that witnessed. I am fascinated by these descriptions, and imagine myself present, breathing in colored air in my mind’s eye. Much of early Renaissance street life—outdoor performances, etc.—reflected the rise of individualism in response to the devastation of the plague. I have an increasing interest in this: an individual’s courage to occupy a space, to perform there, to create a theatre of one, a procession of one.