Palace Costume

For the past twenty years, I have collaborated with Melody Barnett, the owner of Palace Costume, on a number of photography projects. From the second I walked into this labyrinth of vintage clothing and accessories, I was a devotee. I am so excited to announce that The Palace Costume Book will be published on September 10th, 2024 through Chronicle/Chroma.


Palace Costume: Inside Hollywood's Best Kept Fashion Secret


My materials reference clothing and costume, but through play on scale, function and effect, I look to remove the human body as the ultimate participant. By creating situations that allow morphing of shapes and relationships, I want to inspire the notion of the ephemeral and the possibilities of flux that lie within a seemingly fixed situation.

The act of assembling the objects that I create is a dance of sorts. Whether the motion is with the hands or the full body depends on the nature of the project. The repetitive action becomes a rhythm that allows the space for meditation and reflection. This motion also allows for the materials being used to have their own voice or at least have an active role in the creative process and eventual outcome.

In my recent series, Talmasque, I create fabric sculptures inspired by fictional female shamanic characters. They are influenced by the notion of the visible vs. invisible and pushing the inanimate into the animated. These fleeting visitations are as much about material and composition as they are about the light that shapes them.