Most photographs serve as a conduit for realism providing the viewer with a window into our world. The images for Chaotic Forms are broken windows; silver shards created through destruction echoing a dialogue with dark and beautiful dreams. In these dreams skin becomes metallic and I let the light guide me to somewhere new that only exists on the ether and in the shimmering light from my darkroom trays. Chaotic Forms allows for the surreal and the deceptive to enter back into the photograph. The slow nature of working in the darkroom takes on a meditative quality, the red light and glass plates dance in the shadows with endless possibility. I show the viewer smoke and mirrors, intimate forms and dark beauty.
Silver Gelatin Prints From Cut and Arranged Wet Plate Collodion Negatives.
HANDS OF THE ARTISTS
This series of Wet Plate Collodion Ambrotype boxes was made during a collaboration between photographer Brett Henrikson and glass artist Hannah Kirkpatrick. Putting our skill sets through a synthesis, combining our knowledge of the 19th century wet plate process and artisan glass work. Our focus was on the intimate physical tools of the artists that we posses, to see the world and to mould it; our hands.
These images are a push and pull of forces, a gestural of tug of war between the spatial flatness of photographs and the defying nature of creating a three-dimensional object. The tension between the intrinsic interaction of the plates and their black glass edges keep the viewer in a state of anticipation as they fumble and grapple the box in an attempt to find viewing closure. Trapped in a struggle to fit parts together, turning the object over and over to reveal only that their hands are adding an element of creation to the piece. A physical interaction between the glass and the skin, that leaves a sense of magic and illusion for the
viewer to behold.