Separation focuses on the visual representation of time through the movement of light. I explore this concept by observing light as it infiltrates into interior spaces, reflects from and onto the earth’s surface, and emanates into exterior spaces. Light travels at a constant, finite speed of 186,000 miles per second. But through the human concept, we see light moving much more slowly – gently streaming through our windows in the early morning or gradually disappearing to signify the end of day. We use the presence and absence of light as a representation of the passage of time. Ideally my goal is to convey the sense and importance of the impermeability of time. It is impossible for us to exist simultaneously in three separate periods of time. I encourage my viewers to consider the concept of time compression – the theory that three different periods of time can exist together concurrently through a visual representation.
Working with the color separation process through photographic images, I work to capture the essence of time and movement in a still image. The process I am using is a combination of three black and white scanned film images that are filtered and appropriately placed in RGB value channels to build a color image. As each different image is formed I control the time frame that is present between each source image. Thus far, these time frames have varied from just a few seconds to weeks placed in between each image taken. I find myself further dividing this body of work into three sub-sections dependent on the motion or movement that is captured in each image – human impact in a space such as blurred motion of figures, passing of time through movement of light, and natural or organic movement such as a river or the wind.