Relics and Ruins

Tabby is a concrete made from lime, sand and oyster shells. Its origin is uncertain, but it is indigenous to the south Atlantic states of the U. S. mainly Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. This material was used to erect buildings dating back to the 16th Century.

The series Relics and Ruins documents what remains of these historic structures and the low country environs that are home to these fascinating remnants of a distant architectural past.

My work is often described as “Southern Gothic.” To some extent, the subject matter and the gritty, elegiac feel of the process bear that out. However, it is the tension between the past and the present that permeates the imagery.

Growing up in the South has given me a rare vantage point from which to observe the ever-changing yet enduring landscape of a region in transition. I am drawn to the images that are so familiar, yet so exotic to me.