The subjects of this project are containers, the events and worlds contained in them and the still life clusters they can make.
The negative space in empty vessels always affects what it holds. Shape and content are eternally tied with each other. One could say that this interdependence of forms could have its core manifestation in the fit of the fetus inside the womb.
Even though, in reality, the containers I photograph are physically limiting to the stuff inside them my aim has often been to create pictures where these small inner regions suggest a more expansive space.
With a nod to 17th century still life paintings and with an ambition to create something new about this genre too, I, in some cases, made multiple photographic exposures of various groupings and regroupings of vessels which I later combined digitally into one final picture. These sandwiches made out of discreet things in reality always surprise and often delight me with their beautiful fractured translucencies. In the end, I have always loved seeing how an object sitting on a table establishes a new meaning in the world.
I believe in how limitations can become springboards to freedom of expression. It is this conviction that drives much of my work.
“We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds
whatever we want.”
– Lao Tzu
“We poets struggle with non-being to force it to give yield being;
We knock upon silence for an answering music.
We enclose boundless space in a square foot of paper;
We pour out deluge from the inch space of the heart.”