White Compositions

8 gelatin silver prints; 14 x 11”; edition of 7 plus 2 artist's proofs

White Compositions was my first body of work utilizing only the white scrim; they are pure abstractions. More specifically, my goal was to create dynamic forms out of light and shadow; in effect, the images are drawings in light, with the shadows formed by the folds acting as pencil lines. The series has a similar feeling to the early 20th century paper cut-outs of Francis Brugière and the photogenics of Lotte Jacobi, but with a different quality of light and an absence of hard edges. The aim was to de-materialize the fabric and blur the distinction between figure and ground so that the image felt more like an apparition in space than like actual matter. I stopped working on the series after 8 images in order to focus on the Whiteness work.