Flatfile Collection

Artist Statement

Selections from Trickster in Flatland (2011-2018)

Back in the day—when manufacturing in the US produced a wave of mechanical innovation and production— another industry, packaging, employed thousands in industrial centers across America. Americans were making stuff: from fishing reels to safety pins to handkerchiefs and they packaged them in boxes.

My photographs over the past 7 years are of these containers manufactured in the United States in the twentieth century. Flattened and silhouetted, these boxes and other materials (in varying degrees of disintegration) resemble something you may have seen before (perhaps in the history of painting or sculpture.) They are hung as objects, emphasizing their spatial, sculptural quality. The viewer is struck by the trompe l’oeil quality of the high-resolution images.