I’ve created these expressive landscapes by extracting pixels from photographs and using the resulting shapes as building blocks in a new composition. I’m intrigued by the idea of taking artifacts of past experience captured digitally, destroyed and then recomposed into something new. The image takes shape as I intuitively layer these photographic fragments, constantly searching for a composition that will resonate with me.
I begin by mining my digital collection of thousands of photographs I have taken over many years. Having captured the material world in digital form, I further break it down into pixelated shapes that I use to start the composition. I continue in this way until I’m satisfied with the image. This methodology harkens back to my training as a lithographer where I would build up the image by layering successive images. I have taken this process and moved it digitally.