The Machine in the Garden
The Machine in the Garden consists of several related bodies of work that draw from a collection of photographs made over the course of three years frequenting the community gardens of the East Village, New York City, using the J66 and 250 models of Polaroid Land Cameras and expired type 47 and 107 films.
In this series, the positive Polaroid images were scanned, enlarged and printed onto large sheets of mylar. The forms that arise are incidental, the result of chance and choice, at times possessing elements expressive of the places they fleetingly captured or they may be entirely non-referential, evoking anatomies and metaphysical topographies.
A series that began from "failed" landscape photographs- overexposed and faded with traces of barely recognizable details of where and when the images were taken, the Poladrawings engage with the historic and material matrix of photography through the overlaying of graphite drawing on the original print.