As a child, I grew up roaming outside in the surrounding woods, walking through fields, and splashing in streams. As the years came and went, life became increasingly busy with school and work. The fondness of nature eventually faded into a mere memory of the past, no longer a constant of the present.
It was over this past summer during a hiking trip in the Santos de Cristos, gazing out into the horizon at 12,000 ft while engulfed in a cloud, when the memories of my childhood and my love of the outdoors returned to me.
Aesthete reconnected me with the affinity for nature that I had lost. This body of work explores the relationships found between the human figure and objects found in nature.
The prints are made through a hand-coated photographic printing process called gum bichromate, which uses photographic chemistry combined with watercolors hand-coated per individual layer then exposed to sunlight to create a full color image. Each layer must dry before the next is coated, exposed to light through a negative, and, in this case, leaves placed on top to create the effect of the image. The images are one-of-a-kind handcrafted photographic artworks.
This project was on display in the GVSU Performing Arts Center Gallery and has been included in the GVSU publication Fishladder: A Student Journal of Art and Writing.