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Artist's Statement

Compost Compositions


What started as a simple celebration of color one summer afternoon evolved into a multi-year exploration of our compost heap. The pomegranates in winter, the apple peals in fall, and the egg shells year round became objects of fascination - - no longer mere kitchen scraps, they were celebrations of light, texture and the energy embodied in each piece of waste.

When I compose photographs of these scraps, the lens creates boundaries and focuses my attention. Details captivate. For me, the color, textures and shapes are simple celebrations of everyday beauty and the power of being present at a particular moment. Over time, I understand that even an elegant and balanced composition has flaws - - that's what makes it and us real. I love how clarity and focus eventually appear out of the mire and muck.

While I started exploring compost in my pile at home, I have subsequently ventured to New York City and Vermont to document other sites as well as gathered coffee grinds and other compost from local cafes. The more I witness, the more compelling these images become. For me, they carry a powerful message not just about the foods we eat and throw away, but also about what it means to live in a healthy, democratic and diverse society.

I think compost is like people and ideas, needing to be turned over once in a while, mixed up and mingled with others. There is power in the transformation of waste - - it gets me every time. 

To ensure viewers experience the ‘real deal’ of our waste, my photographs are printed on canvas, revealing textures without boundaries. Only when we experience these images closely can we begin to explore what lies within and beyond, especially in the context of a changing climate.

A percentage of the proceeds from my photography goes to organizations that promote a flourishing planet.


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