medium: mixed media
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I have had one undiluted passion over the past 35+ years, and that has been photography. My inspiration comes from my assessment and love of the natural world. By capturing and isolating the ordinary through the inherent nature of the photographic process, something provocative evolves. When I add obvious organic elements through land sculpting or unusual arrangements, I believe the construct amplifies this allegory. A wonderful sensual and natural world quality evolves that provokes a venerated mystery.
Some natural elements are mirrored and manipulated to create an illusion of the microscopic. In the Jungian sense these mesmerizing forms become mandalas, a meditative tool for reunifying the self. The use of organic forms unites the viewer with the natural world on a subconscious level.
Repetition and stacking of the mandalas moves the composition to a totem form. As in traditional totems, the visual elements idolize and transform the beauty of the common into the extraordinary. Following in the medieval Celtic imagery, natural forms weave and interlock to create a pattern more significant than the single object. Some images are shown in pairs and some are inverted to give insight into the visual complexity and create a duality within each piece.
I set no limits on my artistic medium and therefore explore other facets when so intrigued, hence my series of found objects strung as verticals, my work with books and boxes, multimedia installations, filmmaking and music.
Born in Detroit in 1956, witnessed firsthand the '67 riots and the Tigers winning the '68 series. Living in Madison, Wis., since 1983.
Trained in medicine and boarded in Emergency Medicine, 1988.
Working in mixed media with an emphasis on photography. Play in an improvisational soundscape band called the Earthboys (www.earthboys.com), who have released 3 CDs and have had multiple published songs in films such as What is Normal, Divine Unrest, Keeping the Lights On, The Children of Sierra Leone and Made w/ Love.
Recently have collaborated with my mother, Aralina Ferrella, on a children's book and have just released a short film and accompanying book of poetry and photographs titled Nocturne.