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The images in this 2009 exhibition were taken in a sand-bottomed river. High levels of iron in the sand give it a gold-red color. The ground of this river is forever shifting with the forces of wind and downstream flow. Sunlight on the water and sand at certain hours creates patterns like threads of gold. Standing on this river bottom, one’s shadow and reflection are drawn into a dance of rippling light.
Watching the shadow-self shape-shifting with sun, wind and current, impressions are brought to mind of an insubstantial self, a fragile self, shifting in the face of life’s pressures, a hidden self like the archetypal Shadow in Jungian psychology, or a dark spirit with elements of mystery. Here, mystery and darkness are transmuted, refined into gold and radiance.