Pieces in the Stories series are custom work for specific people. They appear to be old disintegrating photographs encased in glass, but they are not. Taking advantage of what can be done using negative space, I create fleeting images to depict stories that are important to someone - that will remind them of a memory or a perceived memory (something that might have happened but for whatever reason, did not). We are, after all, creatures of our memories and our experiences.
I Do is meant to honor the marriage of a gay couple who upended their lives and business to move to a state that would allow them to marry. It was created for their 15th anniversary.
Harmony was created for the man on the left. His main connection with his father, as a young adult, had been their shared love of evenings spent at the phonograph, playing new albums by their latest musical "discoveries."
The man represented here bought The Car in 1940 and said it would be for his son. The son was born in 1944. What appears to be a photo shows a 5 year old with his father and their car - but before the boy was 5 the father had died. The boy, now in his 70s, still has the car, and the memories.
Tango was for a lady in her 70s that as a young woman was a competitive tango dancer internationally.
Anyone with a farm background from the 40s and 50s recognizes the iconic windmill. Climbing on those windmills was always Forbidden, for if damaged in any way, there would be no water for livestock or the family. But the kids always wanted to climb them anyway.