My digitally manipulated photographs emerged from 20 years as a painter. Carly, my niece has been the subject of my work for the past ten years. My series Carly, TV, began from snapshots taken of my family in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Carly was either frolicking in front of the television, or mesmerized by the imagery on the set.
Those images of Carly and the TV, with their multiple possibilities, combined with my interest in digital technology were the inspiration for the series. The initial juxtaposition of Carly’s innocence against the brashness of the TV created disparate dialogue that was a jumping ground for ideas. The television became a loaded object that acted as both a sculpture and a two-dimensional image. The television scenes also represented a specific time in the American culture. The screen became my canvas for political, social and artistic expression. Distorting the pictures on the TV gave me an opportunity to investigate my own fears and add that eerie edge to the innocent but somewhat sexually charged American scenes. Stealing master paintings and making them my own or the TV’s own, was something lusciously sinful, and played a significant part of that series. The spectrum of images on the screen is varied but all of the scenes share that “not quite right” feeling.