The Preliminary Series is a study of constructed narratives, and the roles that gestures play in establishing them. These actions, executed with extreme concentration, might or might not catch your eye normally. When closely examined, however, this placing of real life gestures within a constructed photographic reality creates a tension between memory and the desire to know what happens next.
This careful creation—the juxtaposition of light and shadow combined with the intimate body language of the model—becomes titillating. Not only do viewers become aware that they are voyeurs, but they are given an opportunity to interpret the next step. The possibilities are limitless. Wherever the viewer takes it, whether accepting the action for what it is or creating a new narrative, he or she becomes an accomplice. This requires a different power balance between the work and the viewer and forces a dialogue.