About Uncovering In Uncovering, I use digital magic and photographic trickery to subvert age-old stereotypes regarding female bodies, roles and relationships. It begins with a series of quilt images. From afar they look like soft, 3-dimensional fabric creations, in patterns like “Ohio Stars” and “Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” traditionally sewn by women for domestic use. Up close they’re flat, hard, Photoshopped artworks, depicting strangely inappropriate fabric images like strippers, dollar bills, and guns. One quilt, based on the Amish “Sunshine and Shadow” pattern, incorporates idealized body parts, clothes, and accessories from a deconstructed issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine. It is printed on fabric and sculpted in the hollow shape of a curled up teenage girl. Beneath the transgressive potential of quilt imagery, are the bodies that quilts tend to hide. In search of iconic shots of naked men and women to use in a quilt composition, I uncovered a surprising situation: Photographs of nude women made by famous male photographers are myriad. Pictures of naked men made by canonic female artists are very hard to find. Many straight men, it seems, are reluctant to pose for women and are uncomfortable when gazing publicly at their own gender unclothed. So in a reversal of traditional roles, using my husband as model and muse, I created what seem to be digital collages but are actually in-camera pictures made with an elaborate set-up of mirrors and reflections. As with the quilts, they are 21st- century trompe l’oeil illusions that challenge longstanding power structures. In the third and final stage of Uncovering, I join my brave and unclothed husband, exposing our bodies as separate, yet inseparable. I photograph each of us nude and standing, front and back, arms down. The images are printed on transparent glass rectangles, my back on one side, my husband’s front on the other. Then the reverse: his front, my back. It takes some careful looking to untangle the overlapping parts. These body blendings uncover so much about love, togetherness, and intimacy that I’ve added a dozen more couples to the menagerie.