During the pandemic on the summer solstice of 2020, I discovered that I can make Sunset Halos with my materials.
As the sun sets, the color of the halo changes and then disappears as it goes below the horizon.
I discovered this when the world was shutdown and we were all afraid of each other. The sun became a new friend in a way that never imagined.
I grew up on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. The first 18 years of my life were spent right here where this photo was taken. What I loved most about living here was the ever-changing light and sky. We never had two identical days.
After much thought, I realize that my work is about trying to harness these special moments, such as the sun rising over the ocean and setting over the bay. I was always a little sad when those moments ended.
With reflective materials, light phenomena can be held onto.
Superman was the first movie I saw as a kid. I remember being in the theater in awe of these costumes made from reflective fabric. Years later, I learned that Superman’s mother’s name is Lara!
This was a time when light inspirations were everywhere. We had Star-wars light sabers, glow-in-the-dark and holographic
stickers. I think sometimes I can just reach back a few decades and bring forth a whole new body of work.