Artist statement at bottom of page.
Boulder County Field, 2019
I started working on the series Mid-Century UFOs toward the end of 2019. Initially, I wanted to create pictures of phony UFO sightings as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to sci-fi B movies and newsstand tabloid accounts of flying saucers from the 1940s to the early 1960s.
With the horror of Covid-19 (seemed as though it fell from the sky), the volatile political landscape, and a historic economic downturn, my worldview darkened in 2020. The series began taking on an ominous tone. Making these pictures has had and continues to be cathartic.
Most of the pictures were shot on film using vintage cameras. I created the color photos using an antique color photography process dating back to the turn of the 19th century. I drew the UFOs from imagination by hand using a pen and tablet. I merge the drawings to the scenic backgrounds in software.