I create photograms because it’s a unique way for me to capture the environment in which they are created. I like to use water in my work because it is a great metaphor for life and death; it is integral to everything we do. The death of my dad shadows the work, which is why I’m drawn to the ethereal, mysterious and celestial. Creating these photograms also allows me to show what’s underneath the surface, what’s invisible, and not entirely present, just like my dad.
Constructing Space began when I realised that NASA hand-colour their images of space. Disillusioned, I created my own space images that, like NASA’s, were a little bit truthful and a little bit fake. I paint with light in my darkroom, making colour photograms of 4,565 billion year-old meteorite particles. Their trace on the light sensitive photographic paper creates the stars in my ‘galaxies’. In 2011, a digital copy of one of these photograms went into space on board NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour.