"The real is a closely woven fabric." - Maurice Merleau-Ponty
As an artist, my overarching concern is to be actively present in the making as I engage with perceptual and material reality. Regardless of the medium, the pieces reveal indications of an evolution, with visible traces of the decisions, revisions and processes that have gone into their making.
I'm a Professor Emeritus of Visual Art at Duke University, where I taught sculpture, photography and filmmaking for 30 years. I’ve pursued parallel though distinct bodies of work in those media over the past 40 years. I received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture in 1987; a Fulbright Scholar Award in Photography in 1995; and Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Grants for both Photography and Video in 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2005. Between 1995 and 2004 I worked for DoubleTake magazine, first as an editorial advisor in photography and subsequently as a contributing photographer.