co-owner of the comercial animation studio, Handcranked Productions, and co-director of the experimental feature project: 'American Ruins'. Also teaches film & animation part time at the Rhode Island School of Design
"I like to work with found places, found history, and found stories via experimental film and mixed-media photography. My artwork is an attempt to explore ideas and alternative histories that hide beneath the surface of an image or a place.I am interested in derelict buildings - structures built by and for people, but left to the wind, ghosts, and incremental decay. I am particularly intrigued by abandoned asylums and hospitals, because institutional dynamics seem to leave a resonant imprint on discarded places. Every layer of paint peeling off of a wall seems to release a memory or a whisper of something buried and forgotten.
My interest in such places expresses itself in various forms:
- Film has an immersive and malleable capacity to subvert familiar perception of time - as well as to reveal rhythms that are embedded in architecture and texture.
- Photography stops time, and preserves the observation of a resonant moment reflected in time.
- My Graphic Novel project is photographed and staged like a movie, but is presented as a collage of stills. It is an intentionally artificial attempt to find ‘tales’ in discarded objects, documents, and places."
web site: www.handcrankedproductions.com, www. americanruins.com
phone: (781) 209-2040