B.F.A Thesis Show

January 18, 2012

“The work I have produced over the course of this year has been based on the social make up of the rural communities I call home, and my own drive to collect. My current body of work begins here, toying with both my desire to document and present my own community and my impulse to hoard and accumulate objects that I identify with. I have chosen four specific professions, to make four very precise and individual portraits, including, a hairdresser, a garbage man, a floor sander, and a secretary. Focusing in on manual labor and the trades, I have utilized materials specific to each subject, to create a particular environment directly concerning the line of work of each individual. Each of the subjects that I have chosen is crafted exclusively from the material associated with his or her trade. The monotony of the ‘daily grind’ is captured by the large accretion of the material defining each figure.  In incorporating sonic elements, I have condensed and concentrated audio for each figures own voice and the tools they use, I strategically place the viewer directly in the atmosphere and perspective of the subjects. Deliberately, I selected four individuals, who not only live in my community, but are people who I associate with weekly, if not daily. This familiarity translates into an intimacy and complexity with each of the occupations. ”



Here it is…Everything. All 10, 268 items.

Of course when they are like this you can see how inconsistent I was regarding lighting.

Here is the video documentation in high speed with some catchy tunes:




Back to reality

I rang in 2011 with a flu, so my plans to productive come the new year were quickly crushed with nausea, fatigue , and an overall feeling of being run over by a truck . However I started the week out semi fresh starting the ever intimidating endeavor of photographing everything I own. I’ve started with the category “ART” since it is after all the most difficult and all encompassing all things considered ( plus everything after that will feel like a breeze…hopefully) Here are some highlights of today: ( note none of the images are edited yet )

twenty-four cameras

Drawing supplies

crafty items

Cd jewelry items

Painting supplies

I’ve never claimed to know anything about studio lighting, in fact everything I do know came second hand from either students or professors, or the interweb. Im really displeased with the shadows I’m  still getting, the first photo of the cameras is the most successful ( irony?!)  Anyhoo I’m only working with 2 tungsten lights, ( if i had 2 more I think I would be able to eliminate those pesky shadows.) and one external flash attached to my ever lovely red Pentax K-x. At least me and my camera are getting some good alone time , and I’m learning its little tricks.

In other news, to go along with this project and themes of a more loose and figurative self-portrait I am also photographing everything I eat for a month:

Breakfast: cereal(w/soy milk),water,orange juice, (not pictured: coffee)

Breakfast: Cereal(w/soy milk),water,orange juice,(not pictured: coffee)

Second Breakfast: Leftover hors d'orderves with pesto, capicola,fresh motz., and bruschetta

Lunch: Leftover Haddock with tomatoes, and onions, ( not pictured, basmati rice)

Dinner: Chicken Marsella, salad, water, and red wine.

Its more impromptu, and a lot more annoying, ( I just want to eat it, not photograph it)

and the third installment of the figurative self portraits: All the hair I loose in the shower ( WARNING: the following image is gross and hairy in nature)

Tomorrow I will hopefully be finishing photographing all my art supplies, eat some more, and loose more hair.

Mixed bag

December 22, 2010

So the semester ended…lots of mixed feelings, Hopefully the break will give me the time I need to feel …”refreshed” as I return to finish up.

I’ve been working on sorting out an idea I had a while back that all started with this:

Which resulted in this: 

If that didn’t keep your interest, basically Im photographing every single thing I own. In a mock studio lighting set up. The past couple of weeks i’ve been purging, which at first I thought would be detrimental to the integrity of the project but A.) I still will own a ton ( literally) of ‘stuff ‘ and B.) If I ever want to feel like I can actually accomplish something, and/or finish in a weeks timeline, I had to get rid of roughly 6 black garbage bags of crap. 3 bags of clothes went to Salvation Army ( shirts and pants i hung on to from high school, hoping I would one day fit back into them) , boxes of an assortment of art supplies went to young kids that I know will benefit and use them, and roughly 2 bags of just trash, ( i.e. old papers, broken bits, old containers no one wants..etc.)  I’ve worked on categories and sub categories of how to organize it all . So far I have:

1. ART.

  • my art
  • other peoples art that I own
  • supplies ( cameras, painting , print, paper, jewelry making, dark room set up, craft/sewing supplies, drawing , tools, )


  • undergarments ( bras, underwear)
  • pajamas
  • jeans
  • t-shirts, blouses, and tank tops
  • dresses/dress clothes
  • shoes, boots, sneakers
  • summer wear ( bathing suits, shorts)
  • winter wear ( coats, scarves, gloves, hats)
  • accessories ( jewelry, bags, tights , belts )


  • lamps/ lighting
  • plants
  • knickknacks/decor/ bottles
  • crockery( bowls, silverware, pots and pans)
  • family photos ( ? does this belong here?)
  • Frames
  • Papers/documentation/ manuals (?)


  • art
  • text
  • fiction
  • non-fiction
  • magazines/pamphlets/undergrad and grad school catalogs.


  • dental care ( toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc)
  • make up , perfume
  • tampons
  • general hygiene products ( shampoo, razor, soap, deodorant, etc )
  • towels


  • laptop/accessories
  • hard drive
  • cellphones ( current and old/broken)
  • cables
  • digital camera(s?)
  • tablet
  • records/record player
  • cds/dvds
  • boxes for said items(?)


  • paper, stationary
  • pens, pencils, staplers, paper clips, rubber bands, scissors


  • wallets
  • bank statements ( with private info blotted out)
  • check book
  • cards ( bank card, license, membership cards, etc.)


  • old toys

It shall be an interesting endeavor. I’ve gotten over the ‘bashful’ aspect of it ( a.k.a . that my professors will undoubtedly see all my underwear.)   Im hoping another purge will ensue after the photographing. Maybe this will help me once and for all start on the track to simplifying my life/possessions….

but I highly doubt it.

Day 10 . 07. 28.10

July 29, 2010

Paper: An old hand out from an art history class explaining the Bauhaus curriculum

Materials: Cyanotype bleeds , pen, frustration.

It reads ( roughly)

“Did you know Bauhaus was in fact the main inspiration of not only Harder Hall but the influence and driving force of Freshman Foundations and the whole art program at Alfred for that matter. What is ironic about all of this is that this piece of paper, this very piece of paper which is a detailed diagram of the art curriculum at Bauhaus is what made me do poorly on an exam given at Alfred the very school that is modeled after Bauhaus”

Half inside joke with my friend. 100% truth.

Day 9. 07.27.2010

July 28, 2010

Paper: Graph paper with cyanotype bleeds

Materials: paper, box cutter, spray paint, double stick tape.

Made a stencil today… I wish I was more graphic…in general

Day 8 . 07.26.2010

July 27, 2010

Paper: newsprint ( with old cyanotype stains from a previous entry)

Materials : a cut out from an old James Stewart book I saved from the dumpster, markers, glue stick, scissors.

Day 7. 07. 25.2010

July 26, 2010


paper: cheap canvas pad

materials : pencil. a marker set that I bought but never use

I have an obsession with backs. His looks a bit femmy to me still.. and his hands and twisted profile are all wrong..but honestly it was 10:30 at night and relized I hadnt done my drawing excersize of the day…

( I will always have an excuse)

I have noticed that my dates on my blog are wrong. I think it has me in a different time zone, thus screwing up my dates. My dates that I post in the title are right I swear that I am not cheating. Does anyone know how to fix?

Day 6. 07.24.10

July 25, 2010

Paper: yupo

Materials: an old ( incorrectly done) emulsion lift from a 3 1/4x 4 1/4 polaroid I took . and a glue stick

so the aftermath of me soaking the cyanotype paper showed through today ; it bled through to half of the pages of my sketchbook.. so do not be alarmed by the blue on the left side of my entries for the next week and half ( or more.

Day 5 07.23.10

July 24, 2010

Paper : blue old cyanotype chemistry( messed up and stained) on arches?( or stonehedge, I tend to be cheap and only use arches when I score some for free)

Materials: water, straw, water soluble crayons charcoal

my intent was to use the water as a “reverse drawing” so to speak and remove the chemistry from the paper leaving a wicked cool composition left behind.

However I got a little heavy handed with the water and it soaked up much of the chemistry ( you can only see a little bit of left in the photo) so then I busted out the crayons and went wild. ehh ( shrugs shoulders) tomorrows another day