Begun as an exploration into a topic I find fascinating, Houses & Hotels became a record of four years of making my “home” in other people’s spaces. This work truly began three years ago when I left the life, career, and relationship I spent over a decade building. All I knew to do was to keep moving, and I kept myself in motion for close to four years, cultivating a new way of seeing by pointing the lens at familiar subjects in new cities and furnished spaces – apartments, houses, and hotels. The images created during these years reflect the longing so many of us feel for a place to rest, to feel safe. Home.
These moments and locations are documented through a series of environmental self-portraits and still lifes that show the power of mundane elements that contain our lives and experiences. Nothing is resolved, therefore everything is possible.
These scenes of daily ritual reflect moments that are familiar and inviting, while also containing a strangeness that causes us to pause and quiet the rush and rumble of life. They form a collection of the imperfect scraps of humanness we are all attempting to shape into identities and connections. They show the cracks in our paste-together jobs along with the celebration, confusion, heartache, and intimacy of our striving.