Made of Gray

 Untitled #15, Waste to Climb via madeofgray.com

Untitled #15, Waste to Climb via madeofgray.com

 
 Harnessed, The Caregiver Project via madeofgray.com

Harnessed, The Caregiver Project via madeofgray.com

The inspiration for this body of photography comes from the traumatic birth, life and complicated existence of my medically fragile child. By revealing the barrage of medical waste, utilizing this refuse and focusing on the act of caregiving; I speak to subjects that relate to the emotional survival of a life lived with daily, sometimes intensive, medical interventions.

My body of work, Waste to Climb, was motivated by the photographic history of David Levinthal, Sandy Skoglund, Laurie Simmons and most recently Lori Nix. Although these artists have inspired my project; I strive to grow and build on my current ideas by making Waste to Climb my own. Within this body, the visuals employ the perception that nature parallels human life and death. Nature is ultimately the high cost of a life saved for those existing through multiple interventions. With further experimentation I have aspirations to explore the use of medium format film, alternate lenses, studio lighting, different backgrounds and settings, sculptural materials and large format printing with this idea.

The Caregiver Project, still in its infancy, has grown through increased national interest throughout the special needs and disability community. The act of a caregiver is often overlooked when the person needing care is unmistakable. Some may say that my closeness to this subject is a hindrance, but I believe that it allows me as an artist to freely dive into situations that are otherwise clouded in embarrassment, mental strain and ridicule. My aspirations for The Caregiver Project involve brief stories and quotes to accompany the diverse national collection of documented imagery, and in the end, a large professionally published coffee table book and broad online presence.

There is a critical need to educate those who may be unaware of the condition of a soul that survives disability and fragility. This often comes in the form of my advocacy efforts, visual communications, and conceptual art that inspires the viewer to ask what it is that they are considering.