The photographs of St. Francis’ renovation were about destruction, debris, the roots and structure of what is real, the foundation of the spiritual, and creation.
While working in that church, there were so many moments that felt straight out of Heaven and Hell, as all the workers created beauty in a spiritual institution amidst the din of table saws and hammers and chains rattling. I was eating dirt, sweating bullets and photographing the joy of that destruction and resurrection. Light came in through the stained glass, casting shadows and illuminating the sawdust suspended in the air, the dust of ages being resurrected to create something new. These images were originally tests for my paintings, playing with negative and positive space and some will eventually be made into paintings. They were then digitally manipulated and re-assembled.
Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are Necessary to Human existence. William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell