Artist Statement February 2018

This work is a quest to document a certain type of feeling — quietness. This quest is undertaken through the use of photography, primarily black and white photography. By striving to document the feeling of quietness so too feeling of lost, belonging,  vulnerability,  and self-documentation play in the work. The grammatical definition of Quietness is a) the lack, or near lack of noise, or b) the lack of movement — stillness. The feeling that is being pursued in this work — that has been deemed quietness —  extends past the grammatical definition and treats quietness as more a metaphysical concept. This quietness is not just that of the physical, but the mental and transcendental. Portraiture is used in this work in a way as exemplifiers of quietness and to quietness of situations between people. Landscape is used on one hand a representation of my own experiences of quietness, and on the other hand, as a portrait of quietness in-of-itself. Black and white are used to show the homogeneous nature of this concept. Thereby, it is through the use of black and white photography, portraits, and landscapes that the metaphysical concept of quietness is explored.