secret lake 10 years apart collector's package
The Secret Lake is a place that my family would go since I was a child. My father "found" and named this derelict campsite in the mountains close to where I grew up in New York.
Every visit there is an adventure and contains a familiar mystery for me.
I began shooting my own photographs and video around 2006 or 7. I have created many works using nature as well as figures in the water and woods.
One of my earliest photographs is titled "She has nothing to do with anything outside of the circle" and was shot in the summer circa 2007. This shot was first taken during a walk back to the car towards dusk. The only shot I got out of it was a Polaroid with no negative. I fell so much for the image that I insisted on returning the following day with film. I recreated the pose as close as I could and captured the image used here.
The print is an archival pigment print on rice paper that has been hand painted and mounted on a block of 1"2 hardwood.
The Block is sized and coated with my homemade dammar/beeswax/carnauba wax encaustic.
The finished work is mounted in a handmade custom frame with my custom treatment.
The back is signed, titled, wired and ready to hang.
The Image of "Ladder 4" is part of an ongoing series I also began in 2007.
The "Ladders" are actually on site sculptures made from branches found in the area where the photos are taken. The ladders are bound with ropes and nails and rarely last more than a few weeks. I would usually make them while visiting my family where I grew up. I put them in parks and along woody trails. They would be visible enough but also far off enough to be even more mysterious.
The phots are evidence of the journey to create them. For me, the process is cathartic as well as a personal ritual of honor to home.
"Ladder #4" was built and shot in 2017 at the same fern patch as "She has nothing to do with anything outside of the circle", 10 years later.
This print of "Ladder #4" is an archival pigment print on Epson ultra premium matte paper. It is signed along the bottom.
This one-of-a-kind custom made set comes as a pair plus extra bonus gifts for the buyer of this TWIN LADDER edition.