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Weeknight Dinners

The central motif in my work is the 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 and made eight new photographs in the series.

Monday: Nuco. 2014

Monday: Nuco. 2014

Wednesday: Glynis, Liam, Jorin, and Mona. 2013

Wednesday: Glynis, Liam, Jorin, and Mona. 2013

Wednesday: Willie Mae. 2013

Wednesday: Willie Mae. 2013

Wednesday: Leo and Michael. 2014

Wednesday: Leo and Michael. 2014

Wednesday: Emilio, Rhonda, Benedetto, Skylrae, Jacomo. 2014

Wednesday: Emilio, Rhonda, Benedetto, Skylrae, Jacomo. 2014

Wednesday: Natalia and Maryanne. 2014

Wednesday: Natalia and Maryanne. 2014

Thursday: Susie and Laura. 2017

Thursday: Susie and Laura. 2017

Wednesday: Melissa and Ava. 2017

Wednesday: Melissa and Ava. 2017

Tuesday: Seynabou, Rui James and Marie. 2014

Tuesday: Seynabou, Rui James and Marie. 2014

Monday: Eric and Sally. 2013

Monday: Eric and Sally. 2013

Tuesday: Matt and Ruth. 2013

Tuesday: Matt and Ruth. 2013

Wednesday: Joe. 2017

Wednesday: Joe. 2017

Tuesday: Juanita and John. 2014

Tuesday: Juanita and John. 2014

Monday: Zoe, Dave, Emma, and Karen. 2013

Monday: Zoe, Dave, Emma, and Karen. 2013

Wednesday: Kathy. 2013

Wednesday: Kathy. 2013

Tuesday: Alden and Alan. 2014

Tuesday: Alden and Alan. 2014

Monday: JoAlice. 2014

Monday: JoAlice. 2014

Monday: Dennis & Denise. 2015

Monday: Dennis & Denise. 2015

Thursday: Zora, Hannah, Jenny, Allison, Tau, and Nova. 2017

Thursday: Zora, Hannah, Jenny, Allison, Tau, and Nova. 2017

Wednesday: Norbert & Marie-Josée. 2015

Wednesday: Norbert & Marie-Josée. 2015