Inhabit
 

2010

 

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.