For "Plunge, I photographed myself as I sank and swirled in bathwater. The documentary photos were then used as inspiration for drawing. The images depart from the framing of traditional portraiture. We zoom into close sections of the face. This cropping pushes the head to the surface of the paper, making the figure more ambiguous. Flesh and hair intertwine with ripples and bubbles. The scale of the drawings engulfs the viewer in a sea of marks. Brushstrokes break down to reveal illusion. The bathtub becomes a landscape.
In 2012, I moved to New York City from Wisconsin. Unaccustomed to city living, I am frequently overwhelmed. The bathtub has become a respite from this chaos, and a substitution for the calming comfort of Midwest lakes. Commotion is muffled underwater. Submerged, I am in the quiet, weightless in a space of reflection.