CM: Do you want viewers to investigate or try to make literal sense of the imagery you have altered to be unrecognizable on your work? Why or why not?
DJ: My goal is to invoke a sense of curiosity by reorganizing mundanely familiar perceptions into a new context. It is not my intention to create a metaphoric narrative based on the symbolic relationships of these images; therefore it is not my concern that the viewer is able to discern a literal translation.
When one draws on a memory, it is pulled into our consciousness, analyzed, and reinterpreted; any alterations we placed on the memory become the new version that is stored. By repeatedly relying on the photograph to store our memories, we replace the true experience with a two-dimensional representation. The photograph itself is not a recent development, but the advent of digital photography has increased the frequency of its use with the Internet allowing for vast distribution of images and information.
I capture images digitally, which are then altered, cut, composed on the computer, and filtered through me and onto the work. Fractions of the original images form a new whole that would otherwise be impossible to perceive. The digital camera and computer have enabled me to create compositions and manipulate perceptions in new ways. Through this process, I present a fragmented distortion of visual experience with the intent of altering the viewer’s perceptual awareness, rather then dictating specific content.