For me, the process of image-making is an effort to compress time and space within a surface. Like terrain, I consider the picture plane as a moldable surface containing embedded layers. In some cases, the surface of the earth can be seen as a corollary to surfaces of other planets such as the moon and Mars.
Space analogues, as they are known, are locations on earth that have similar characteristics to another celestial body. Such places can evoke the disorienting feeling of being on another planet, but also remain inevitably, very earthly and very human. They connect us to the geological conditions of Earth, as well as to places beyond that are only accessible through devices, data, and imagination.
Imagery for these works comes from photographs I took in the deserts of Qatar and Southern California, geology specimens from glass lantern slides, paper models I made, and as well as reels of silver gelatin printed images from the Viking Landers taken on Mars in the mid-1970s. Informed by methods of planetary imaging, and the history of optics, perspective, and pictorial space, this work examines how meaning can be altered from one translation to the next while still appearing as an accurate account.