This series of photographs examines the interconnection between people and the buildings they live in. In this project, I used photography to trace the life of the plaster walls of an old apartment that had gathered remnants of human existence. I then integrated the imperfections with images of my body. By joining the walls with my skin, I attempted to reveal the metamorphic process that human and architectural surfaces undergo during lasting interaction.
These photographs evolved from a temporary installation in an old house. Impending plans for the building's redevelopment inspired me to examine the transient nature of the structures we live in and its connection to the transience of life itself. After a period of entering and leaving the space, I found myself exploring intersections between time, place, and the human condition, and came to reflect on the house as a metaphor for the body. I transposed myself onto the wall surfaces and installation to capture, intimately, the almost imperceptible threshold between life and death. As curator John B. Ravenal wrote on the vanitas theme: "Perhaps only at birth and death - the fine line separating presence from absence - does life's fragility become readily apparent." These photographs attempt to cut to the heart of the fragility of human life, where presence and absence overlap.