Whiteness, 1987

12 gelatin silver prints, 20” x 24”; each image printed in separate edition of 2 to 5 prints. Archival inkjet pigment edition printed 2009; edition of 12 plus 2 artist’s proofs; sizes vary from 31” x 46” to 34” x 46”.

White has the appeal of the nothingness that is before birth….– Wassily Kandinsky


While working on the White Compositions, I became interested in distilling their composite forms into one indivisible image. The resulting series, Whiteness consists of a repeated U-shaped form throughout, accompanied by a sense of spatial ambiguity: sometimes the image seems to recede slightly in space, sometimes to come forward. In this series, I have virtually eliminated elements traditionally considered ‘essential’ to photographs – detail, focus, subject, tonal range, composition – with the intention of creating an immaterial, magnetic presence.