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Portraits & Dreamscapes

Images from the earliest days of photography transformed with digital processing and layers of metal leaf and resin to animate the past with an eerie new life

Battle not with monsters

Mixed media on wooden panel, 12″ x 18″  ~  2017  ~  $650


Original Photos: 1) Tintype (man in tophat), c. 1875. Photographer and subject unknown. 2) Tintype (little girl), c. 1880. Photographer and subject unknown. 3) Photo (nude woman), c. 1910. Photographer and subject unknown.

 

Battle not with monsters

lest ye become a monster

and if you gaze into the abyss

the abyss gazes into you.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Judith & Holofernes

Mixed media on wooden panel, 12″ x 18″  ~  2017  ~  $650


Original Photos: 1) Cabinet Card, 1902. Photographer: Sarony Studios, subject: Evelyn Nesbit. 2) Cabinet Card, 1902. Photographer: Aimé Dupont, subject: David Bispham as Alberich. Photos courtesy Harvard Theatre Library.

The Exaltation

Mixed media on wood panel, 18″ x 12″  ~  2017  ~  $625


Original Photos: 1) Albumen Photograph (background), 1867. Photographer: Pierre Petit, subject: Exposition Universelle, Paris (Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam); 2) Tintype (boy), c. 1860, photographer and subject unknown; 3) Tintype (girl), c. 1880, photographer and subject unknown; 4) Tintype (man), c. 1890, photographer and subject unknown; 5) Tintype (Confirmation girl), c. 1870, photographer and subject unknown; 6) Albumen Photographs (gaping man), 1862. Photographer: Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne. Subject: Unknown.

The Sorrows

Mixed media on wooden panel, 12″ x 12″  ~  2017  ~  $450


Original Photos: 1) Tintype, c. 1865. Photographer and subject unknown. 2) Stereoview, c. 1917, Realistic Travels Publishers. Subject: Delville Wood.

The Road to Damascus
Mixed media on wooden panel, 12“ x 16“  ~  2016  ~  $750


Original Photos: 1) Cabinet Card, 1889. Photographer: C. Nante, Ghent, Belgium. Subjects unknown. 2) Cabinet Card, c. 1890. Photographer: Otto Sarony. Subject: Walter Bentley (actor). Courtesy Harvard Theater Library. 3) Digital image, 2004. Hubble Telescope, Triffid Nebula. Courtesy NASA.

Sunday Suit
Mixed media on wooden panel, 6“ x 12“  ~  2016  ~  $250


Original Photo: Ambrotype, c. 1855. Photographer and subject unknown.

The Summoning of Faith
Mixed media on wood panel, 14″ x 11″  ~  2016  ~  $600


Original Photo: Tintype, c.1870, photographer and subjects unknown.

Do steam men dream of mechanical sheep?

Mixed media on wood panel, 36″ x 12″  ~  2016  ~  $1750


Original Photos: 1) Cabinet Card, 1868, photographer unknown, subject: Dederick’s Steam Man (Courtesy New York Public Library); 2) Cabinet card, c. 1880, photographer: Ford C. Bryant, subject unknown; 3) Carte de Visite, 1882, photographer: Window & Grove, subject: Ellen Terry.

Communion
Mixed media on wooden panel, 10“ x 16“  ~  2016  ~  $625


Original Photo: Real Photo Postcard, c. 1910. Photographer and subject unknown.

Communion (leaf)
Mixed media on wooden panel, 10“ x 16“  ~  2016  ~  $675


Original Photo: Real Photo Postcard, c. 1910. Photographer and subject unknown.

His hour come round at last (leaf)
Mixed media on wooden panel, 12″ x 16″  ~  2016  ~  SOLD


Original Photo: Tintype, c. 1870. Photographer and subjects unknown.


The Second Coming
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming!
Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

~William Butler Yeats

Who are we? Where are we from? Where are we going?
Mixed media on wood panel, 24“ x 12“  ~  2015  ~  $1100


Original Photos: 1) Twin girls: Tintype, c. 1870. Photographer and subjects unknown. 2) Twin babies: Tintype, c. 1870. Photographer and subjects unknown. 3) Women from behind: Tintype, c. 1880. Photographer and subjects unknown.

I am not your dream-child (Leaf)

Mixed media on wooden panel, 9″ x 12″  ~  2015  ~  SOLD


Original Photo:  “Pomona”, Albumen print, 1872. Photographer: Julia Margaret Cameron, subject: Alice Liddell.


Reverse side:

i-am-not-your-dream-child-back-sm

I am not your dream-child

Mixed media on wooden panel, 9″ x 12″  ~  2015  ~  $500


Original Photo:  “Pomona”, Albumen print, 1872. Photographer: Julia Margaret Cameron, subject: Alice Liddell.


Reverse side:i-am-not-your-dream-child-back-sm

The Apotheosis of Judge Hoffman

Mixed media on wood panel, 24″ x 12″  ~  2015  ~  $1100


Original Photos: Glass negative, c. 1860. Photographer: Matthew Brady. Subject: John T. Hoffman. Courtesy Library of Congress.

The Apotheosis of Judge Hoffman (Leaf)

Mixed media on wood panel, 24″ x 12″  ~  2016  ~  $1250


Original Photos: Glass negative, c. 1860. Photographer: Matthew Brady. Subject: John T. Hoffman. Courtesy Library of Congress.

The Other One
Mixed media on wooden panel, 10“ x 10“  ~  2015  ~  $350


Original photo: Tintype, c.1885, unknown photographer and subjects.

Wounded
Mixed media on wooden panel, 6“ x 12“  ~  2015  ~  $250


Original Photo: Ambrotype, c. 1865. Unknown photographer and subject.

Searching
Mixed media on wooden panel, 6“ x 6“  ~  2014  ~  $125


Original Photo: Tintype, c. 1870. Unknown photographer and subject.

Things Fall Apart
Mixed media on wooden panel, 9″ x 12″  ~  2014  ~  $325


Original Photo: Carte de Visite, c. 1863. Unknown subject. Photographer: Edward Schnadhorst & William Heilbronn, London.


The Second Coming
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming!
Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

~William Butler Yeats

Ultimate Deck Collage
Mixed media on wooden panel, 12“ x 12“  ~  2014


Cards are from the Ultimate Deck from Stranger & Stranger.

The Blind Poet's Secret
Mixed media on wooden panel, 9″ x 12″ ~  2014


Original Photos:  1) Cabinet Card, 1882. Unknown photographer. Subjects: Abbie, Hattie and Ella Rix. 2) Original photo, c. 1910. Unknown photographer and subject.