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Impulse: 2 piece painting series

The creative impulse can also be a destructive one. 

The pursuit of beauty can easily take a wrong turn into obsession and anxiety, and a journey that began in the light can quickly turn dark. 

"the dance of light and dark will remain

without one

cannot exist the

other"

Detail shots:

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wsnc: video installation

The last couple months I've gotten the opportunity to collaborate with another talented WFU artist on a video/sculpture site specific installation. (see Sean's stuff here

The collaboration process in making an artwork was new to me, but one I really enjoyed. The piece, wsnc, was founded on the idea of exploration, of leaving the familiar and venturing out into a city we didn't know much about but had lived in for 3 years. As most Wake students can attest to, it is easy to get stuck on campus, and when students leave, most don't venture past downtown venues, bars, and restaurants. With this piece, a 3 channel projection installation with sculptural and found object elements, we sought to seek, find, and reveal a Winston-Salem to ourselves and to viewers. 

After early mornings and hours shooting driving around town, deliberations over projections, happy accidents, and navigating every decision as a team, we arrived at the final piece. 
It was shown only for a night before being torn down, walls and all, at an exhibit along other video and sculpture students. Below is the evidence of its brief existence. 

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Night of Stories

My dear friend Sarah made dreams come to life on a picturesque spring evening this week. She had been thinking about this event for several years, and it was one of the most memorable nights this campus has seen. To preserve the integrity of the night, and so that only those present would know what stories were told, only still photographs were taken, and I'm so thankful she asked me to collaborate with her on capturing the mesmerizing beauty of this event. 

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Gordon

I stumbled into Earthbound Arts one Sunday afternoon before brunch looking for a story in downtownWinston-Salem. There I met Gordon Jones, the store's entrepreneurial co-owner and craftsman, whograciously shared his story with me and my camera.  

Presented as 2-channel projection.

Update: April, 2014. Gordon was selected for a Purchase Award and was acquisitioned into the Wake Forest University Student Art Collection. 

 

Here's an interview about the film, featured on START Gallery's Local Color blog. 

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Uhuru Child Spring Retreat

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Uhuru Child Spring Retreat

This past weekend was spent in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, a little past Boone. In a cabin filled with hundreds bears (rugs, carvings, decor, plates and even the lampshades) with other campus leaders who also work with Uhuru Child, a non profit that builds sustainable businesses and schools in impoverished communities in Kenya. The weather was sublime and we spent hours outside, absorbing the view and the long anticipated spring sunshine. We even met two hikers on the AT, Hoosier and Joe the Hiker (trail names, of course), who were happy to chat and share stories of their journey so far and their struggles with the unusually late and snowy southern winter.

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AT hike, taken by Hoosier

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I used to hate waking up early, but lately have been eager to get up to see the sunrise. Worth it.

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Tang, Sand, and Surf. Easter Weekend in a nutshell.

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It's no secret that it's one of my life dreams to live out of an old van and road trip, surf, explore and photograph the journey. (Do I know how to surf? Not well, no. But this is one step in the right direction, right? ) Though the water was a solid 55 degrees and I just got the feeling back in my fingers and toes, I thoroughly loved every minuteof this trip. The ocean--even during less than ideal conditions--is just plain good for my soul. We returned yesterday wind burned, sandy haired and perfectly content in our exhaustion. A large part of me wishes I could have spent the holiday with my family, but the wave therapy and chance to paddle with a pod of wild dolphins isn't something to complain about either.

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