“What I’m trying to do is make something happen by throwing a pebble into the water and creating ripples… I don’t want to control the ripples.” - Yoko Ono
After Grapefruit interprets Yoko Ono’s writing through the photographic medium. The images are prompted by the instructions listed in Grapefruit, Ono’s 1964 book and art piece of conceptual poetry, and seek to visually articulate my perception of the writing. Her poetry is potent and viscerally aware, it is universal yet intimately specific. She speaks about nature, physical connection, eating and breathing—innate parts of the human experience. Following her lead, my images are personal and intuitive, capturing subject matter and people that are close to me. The series is a combination of staged portraits and atmospheric photographs, some perform the described actions from the book while others communicate an emotion or energetic quality I find in Ono’s writing. I hope viewers can float through the work guided by their own stream of consciousness without considering the text and images as cemented pairs. Instead they can circulate, speak in unison, echo, and allow space for continued imagination.
- All selected instruction pieces by Yoko Ono from Grapefruit, 1964, published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1970, 2000.