Monument series (gold)
My work examines what it means to collect, explores the role of photography in memorializing artifacts, and blurs the line between popular forms of collecting and institutional archives. I play with scale, juxtaposition, and different modes of presentation to manipulate the meanings of the things I photograph and to create new meanings. I am interested in the relationship between memories and objects, and how that is enhanced by the act of photographing. Photography changes objects by its very nature—by instantly removing things from their original time and space and depositing them elsewhere—much like placing something in a collection.