Each fragment in this body of work is a photograph transferred onto another surface. The photographs are a collection of portraits layered with natural patterns and textures, allowing details of both images to overlap and interact with one another. From macro shots of flowers and algae to wide views of the ocean, photographs of natural patterns remind us of the endless colors, textures, and details that surround us in diverse environments. In a similar way, close-up portraits allow us to observe the shapes and lines that make up a face, and the detailed features that make each one unique. By layering images, the qualities of both natural patterns and portraits combine to form a new image – the body and face become open canvases to natural environments.
In my past work I have primarily focused on digital photography, and layering images solely through Photoshop. The method of photo transfers has allowed me to continue this while combining it with a physical and hand-created process of transferring images onto wood, canvas, and paper. Each piece in this body of work has been transferred using either acrylic medium or wintergreen essential oil – both providing an outcome unique to the materials used.
By transferring the image to another medium, the process is similar to printmaking where the surface must be rubbed and burnished – it is also a process that creates imperfections. There are missing pieces, rips, holes, and other faults unique to every transfer. As a result, each print is a fragment of the original image.