Portfolio > An Honest Assessment

An Honest Assessment is a series of staged self-portraits and documentation of provocative pennant banners exploring anxiety, inadequacy, anger, disappointment, and other feelings that are often discouraged from open discussion. The photographs serve as both private confessions and public declarations of living through these emotional states.

I have trouble maintaining my own psychological well-being and acknowledge the ridiculous paradox of feeling miserable when everything else in life seems to be fine. In that spirit, the elements of handmade whimsy in these photographs intentionally mock these heavier emotions. This is a light-hearted portrayal of serious concerns.

Self portrait with green pears.
pigmented inkjet print
10x14 inches
2011
Self portrait with temporary tattoo on chest.
pigmented inkjet print
10x14 inches
2011
Backlit bunting banner reading, "I'm sorry I let you down" hanging between trees.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2012
Self portrait in yellow room eating toast. Window is filled with canning jars full of jam, preserves.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2013
Bunting banner reading, "I get so mad" set in drawing studio.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2012
Self portrait with lipstick kisses on hands and arms.
pigmented inkjet print
10x14 inches
2013
Self portrait on bench in public shelter.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 15 inches
2012
Self portrait in underwear on unmade bed with orange cat.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2012
Bunting banner reading, "I'm too old for this" hanging between bookshelves in library.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2014
Bunting banner reading, "I wonder what we could have been" hanging from outdoor building in the snow.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2014
Self portrait hanging out of trunk of grey car, Honda Civic Wagon.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2012
Self portrait with boyfriend in front of red curtain. Wearing matching outfits, black shirt and brown pants.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2013
Untitled (Banner #7)
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2015
I found myself back at the beginning.
pigmented inkjet print
10x14 inches
2015
Self portrait wearing cream slip across from knife and old pomegranate on table.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2012
Self portrait wearing shirt that reads, "I am the shit."
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2012
Bunting banner reading, "I can't risk it" hanging above figure in unmade bed.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2012
Self portrait in bathtub with washcloth over face.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2012
Untitled (Banner #6)
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2014
His advice: Fake it til you make it.
pigmented inkjet print
10 x 14 inches
2014