Photograms

In 2002, during a fellowship at the Kala Institute in Berkeley, California, I discovered a new visual cosmology by combining light with the textured architectural glass that is used in my sculptures. Through the process of making photograms1, working in the darkroom and exposing the glass to light, invisible worlds were made visible. Intricate landscape forms and strange homunculi or tiny human beings were revealed inside the air bubbles of the glass.

 

By enlarging the images inside the glass bubbles, cosmic reference appeared. One of these is a reference to photons: packets of light moving from the core of the sun into Earths atmosphere.

 

Another reference was how much these elongated luminous forms reminded me of a description in the Tibetan Book of the Dead of a windy world called the Bardo, an intermediary place where beings go in between death and the next life.

 

1. Photogram: photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of photosensitive paper or film, then exposing them to light.