My work responds to violent turning points of modern history, how they have formed our world, what it means to inherit such collective traumas, and how we meet the challenges of our past. To mourn, memorialize, and activate these intractable episodes I draw ideas and materials from a range of practices. Working in the context of my home and at sites around the world, I use photography, video, and performance; my presentations vary from traditional to multi-disciplinary and interactive.
The More That Is Taken Away is an earthwork and performance meditating on atrocity, set in the context of my home. Scheduled for completion in 2020, work has extended over nine years. It includes video, sound, and large-format B&W photographs. The work can be exhibited as a single-channel video, as photographs with limited video, or as an installation. The project is supported by a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Site/Sight was photographed at memorials and sites of mass killing around the world. The images of others' imaging were made with a 1940's 4x5 sheet film press camera. the project was selected for the Houston Center for Photography's 2015 Fellowship and has shown at Light Work in Syracuse, NY, and at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
Seeing Memorials is a large body of photographs made as a visitor to sites of mass killing and their associated memorials. The work uses a variety of approaches, formal, romantic, and offbeat, to render the sites and fragments of the texts found there.