I've experienced a number of deaths in my life so far and thus, and coming from a Catholic background, visited many cemeteries. I never saw these places as morbid or frightening but as landscapes of solace, where one could go and become one with the souls that are at peace. When wandering the grounds, I have simultaneously taken notice of the statuary. I’ve begun to feel a presence in them, due to either their physical gestures or facial expressions. Believing that they are sculpted from actual persons, rather than idealized, has made me feel a connection to them and a strange desire to become one of them, part of their flock or to even be "helped" by them. My religious beliefs are not fervent, but I grew up around and understand Christian symbols of angels and saints and their role to act as a comfort to the living. Perhaps, I am also attempting to seek out the spiritual to make sense of the life cycle. This series started several months after my father passed away in the later part of 2009. I have been swinging back and forth between digital collage and straight imagery, continuing the thread of this journey of spirituality. In the digital collages, images are woven together from separate photographs using digital tools and technology, and it’s the first time I felt this was the right process for this work. Almost all of the images, together, include my presence in them as has been consistent in my self-portrait work. This series is probably the largest to date, based on the years-span of howlong I have worked on this and a self-published book is in the works.
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