Rêves et Souvenirs, Allegory
Since 2015 – the year that I moved from the United States to France, I had been working hard at creating photographic works that expressed this move, among other monumental life changes that has taken place over the last 12 years. I thought about words like transition, process, progress and as my artwork, since the beginning, stems from a therapeutic standpoint, I wanted the images to tell my story, but perhaps always in a style like fairy-tales. As we know in fairy-tales, the stories rarely begin (or even end) on a happy note but there is always a journey – one of which is almost always surreal. I thought of my life becoming very surreal more so in recent years.
Thus, came the exploration of digital tools and the use of photo collage and manipulation. The process began in the series, The Divine Journey and I wanted to see where I could take the process. I also began to explore memories, dreams and symbols. Some of them have universal meanings but combined with others, I wanted to create a personal formula, almost secretive but in a way that the viewer has fascination by these combinations. It's these things that are the common thread between a lot of the work that I had created in the last 3 years.