A social documentary photograph or realist painting is not only about capturing a moment, but also creating a personal history. In The Special View of History, poet Charles Olson says that the word history was first used in the 5th Century as a verb, meaning to find out for yourself: "like it or not, see it or not, history is the function of any one of us".
Although my works are typically about female identity and representation in American culture, they are not an objective account, but part of my personal exploration. I am always seeking an intimate connection, so relationships are a primary source of material, and my portraits often combine the artist's perspective and the subject's words. I prefer engaging directly with subjects rather than capturing them anonymously, and when possible, showing them over time in a series of images.
My image-making has evolved from urban street photography, through portraits and interviews with couples, to my current figurative painting. Painting allows me to be more contemplative and editorial working in a studio environment, while still pursuing some of the same themes that continue to dominate my photography.
Boston Common 1975; Georgetown Art Walk 2008; Women's Yellow Pages press photo 1978; Providence studio 2015