Duologues 2018 -

            You put together two things that have not been put together before and the world is changed.

                                    Julian Barnes, author, 'Levels of Life'

 

'Duologue' literally means 'a dialogue between two people'.  In this case the dialogue is between 'two objects' that I have found, purchased, borrowed, or been given. 

As a graduate student many years ago I had the good fortune to work with Imogen Cunningham as her teaching assistant when she was offered a position at San Francisco State.  Imogen was critical of photographers having to go 'somewhere else' to make their photographs.  I remember her saying to the students that 'if you can't make photographs in your own environment there is something wrong'.

Most of these images involve objects that I have pulled from various contexts in my home environment.  In the process of choosing the objects I am attracted to their categorical similarity and to the tension created by their visual differences. 

This idea started with the piece titled Faces which involves an African mask and a found face in the end of a log of wood.  The artwork was intended as a visual statement for a person who saw my use of found anthropomorphic objects too kitsch to take seriously.  Putting the found-face next to the African mask created a visual equality that conveyed my point.  Both are abstractions of the human face and both are valid representations of a face

The two faces, when side by side, created another element — personality.  I had lived with the African mask for a year or so before I made my artwork.  In that time I enjoyed the abstraction that the African mask seemed to convey.  It wasn't until I made my artwork, Faces, that I saw that the African mask seemed to portray the face of a stiff and formal person, and in comparison, the found-object face conveyed a person with a much more fluid personality.