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Selected for Celeste Prize 2017
Thresholds continues my enquiry into the conditions of something being 'photographic' and how attempts to distill these explode the boundaries of photography and put it in relation to other media. It moves away from the color and heavy layering of my previous 2D work, and seeks to develop a purer approach to photographic paper as material. I'm using its basic inherent quality of light registration to create large areas of solid exposure spanning multiple sheets, and in doing so I negotiate various thresholds that define my practice – of image and imagelessness; fragment and whole; pictorial plane and support. The toolkit may be photographic, but minimalist painting and drawing are brought firmly into the frame. The pared down and more somber aesthetic also has to do with the present moment in time where the thresholds of truths, half-truths and understanding are increasingly difficult to establish.