Museum Objects - About

UMFA1951.074 [Francois Duquesnoy (manner), Allegory of Astronomy

Museum Objects

Cultural history is stored in museum basements, occasionally on their walls, to preserve and protect for future generations. When I was the photographer for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts I became frustrated with the locking-up of culture while simultaneously completely understanding how important it was. This body of work came out of a desire to bring the object out of the basement.

I believe that objects connect us to the past and the future. They are living things that connect me to anyone who has interacted with it in the past and into the future for its entire lifetime. My intervention as an artist creates a vein of tangential time and experience off of the primary timeline of that object, perhaps giving it a new or extended life. Using the chromoskedasic sabattier process, I erase and reveal different aspects of the object.