My projects Homesick and A Lick and a Promise showcase a range of subjects including portraits, still lives, and candid moments that show the poetry and humanity of invisible illness. Details of life such as food, plants, landscapes, and fragmented bodies are included as an attempt to show the less obvious comforts of care, or the possible insidious culprits of symptoms. The photographs are glimpses into the private lives of my family: a group of diverse individuals of varying socio-cultural and economic backgrounds, including a baby-boomer from New Jersey of Eastern European and Jewish heritage, the eldest child of Norwegian homesteaders born to help farm one square-mile of land in North Dakota, and a fourth generation Detroiter born in the city and raised in a nearby east-side suburb. Each of us manages a chronic autoimmune illness allegedly caused by an intangible mix of genetic and environmental factors. By imaging the minutiae of daily life specific to my family’s experience, I attempt to articulate the fragility common to all aging human bodies, not just autoimmune bodies at war with themselves
Detroit Public Library Main Branch is an ongoing documentary study of the plants that inhabit Detroit's landmark Public Library located in Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District adjacent to Wayne State University campus and across from the Detroit Institute of Arts. I began photographing the plants in 2015 when my partner and I were living in nearby Hamtramck, MI. In January of that year I was diagnosed with a neurological condition that caused many months of double vision. The library provided a warm, welcoming, and safe place to walk during that chilling and isolating Michigan winter. I return to Michigan often and continue to photograph the plants of the Main Branch library.