DISTILLÉ (2014-2017) > Photo Exhibition

"Distillé: A Selection of Photographs" is a body of work related to my larger multi- disciplinary project "Distillé". The exhibition consists of 16 photographs. "Distillé", as the title suggests, is the distillation of an existing work into a new form – specifically, Flaubert’s "Madame Bovary", a book that has been with me my entire life. I first read "Madame Bovary" when I was thirteen, and re-read it several times as an adolescent. At the time it represented a warning regarding the consequences of leading a singular, sensual life, but it also functioned as a call to adventure. It continues to impress, move, and trouble me, embodying the conflicts of passion, religion, family, and fulfillment, brought to life through Flaubert’s extraordinary capacity for detail and linguistic rhythm. My method has been to extract from "Madame Bovary" an abundance of images that I have transformed into photographs, video and sound. "Distillé" is not an adaptation of Flaubert’s text or a recreation of the original narrative structure, but instead a collection of images and scenes redistributed as an installation of evocative moments, impressions, and fragments. "Distillé: A Selection of Photographs" represents a portion of the overall project, but also functions as a stand- alone body of work, a coherent collection of 16 images that probe the complexities of site, mood, detail, confrontation, and repressed passion evoked by the French landscape in which they were made. As a prelude to the larger project, scheduled for installation at the Abbaye du Noirlac in 2016, I exhibited the photographs in a solo exhibition at the University Club of Chicago in the Summer of 2014. This exhibition was an exciting opportunity for me to present these new works for the first time to a local audience in a professional setting. It crystallizes my current artistic interests and initiates a discourse on the images themselves and on the larger project. As an accompaniment to the exhibition, I published a small brochure with an essay by photographer David Hartt.