THE ICE PROJECT, archival photo prints, 24”x 24”each piece, 2016, 2017, ongoing.
I have a dog, Theo.
I got him from a shelter after he was rescued from another high-kill shelter, and so he has some fear issues.
He prefers to eat outside when no one is watching him, whatever the weather.
Two winters ago, every morning that I would bring in his water bowl to fill it up, the water still left in the bottom would have frozen to an icy disc. I would run the bowl under hot water in the sink, take out the ice, and I always noticed how beautiful the different ice shapes/patterns were that emerged.
Finally, I decided to turn this every day, mundane, necessary task into something beautiful. I started to photograph the ice, however it had formed from the night before.
I photographed it in different places in, around, and outside my home, and it changed the way that I looked at this routine task; feeding my sweet dog.
It made it fun. It made it interesting for me.
Art is in everything.
In the words of Henri Matisse:
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
THE ICE PROJECT is made up of some of the images from the last two winters that I organized into photo montages. I’ll be continuing this project next winter as well and until I get at least 100 images.