Weeknight Dinners: 2013-2015
The central motif in my work is the conceptual portrait, specifically portraits that capture the personal connections and human qualities we all share. My goal is to explore common rituals, habits, and spaces that nonetheless reveal individualistic details about our private selves.
The focus of Weeknight Dinners (2013-2015, 2017) is the typical evening meal, when food and space often become secondary to the busy workday. I photographed the portraits Monday through Thursday evenings when time constraints due to work, parenting, and family activities often dictate dinner rituals. There are 86 portraits within the series. I have predominantly photographed in the US and also re-photographed some of the same individuals from an earlier body of work, The Bedroom (2008-2012). In 2015, I spent ten weeks as an artist-in-resident in Bourglinster, Luxembourg where I made 16 dinner portraits of Luxembourg families. In 2017, I revisited the project eight new photographs to the series.