“This series is based on photographs taken at various points in my life and arranged by location. Sections of the images have been obscured through a layer of embroidered pixels sewn directly into the photograph. The embroidery deteriorates sections of the original photograph forming a new pixelated layer of the original scene. The project refers to the failures of photography in preserving experience and personal history as well as the means by which photographs become nostalgic objects that obscure objective understandings of the past.”
The Collages of “Private Stages” take amateur photographs of nudes from the Internet and undermine the original intention of the images through a simple process of interference.
The main subject – the nude – is obscured with the application of little “dots” that are made with punchhole irons using the colours and structures from the original image. The process of manipulation remains visible on the image plane with dots and circles forming a recog-nizable silhouette of the vanished nude. Through this “low tech” retouching process, the former pinup-photo becomes a simple interior. The background space of the image – previously unimportant – becomes the main subject of the image.