My fascination with film has always played a significant role in both the questions and revelations that inspire me as a maker. As a young moviegoer, I remember when I wasn’t enthralled with the movie I was watching but rather a singular dust beam of light, flickering in accordance with the screen. As I traced the light back to its origin, it disappeared into a small rectangle in a black wall. Perhaps the movie wasn’t enough to hold my interest but the production of the image and its mystery did. The films that capture my full attention are those that leave resolve in the hands of the viewer. This realization has informed my creative life. I show but do not tell. By using elements of performance and often requiring an action from the viewer, my work explores themes of identity, nostalgia and confrontation. I am moved by the photograph’s ability to preserve mystery and I recognize this quality as the ultimate inspiration for me as a maker.