multimedia audio/video installation at Alice R. Rogers and Target Galleries, Saint John’s Art Center, SJU
S/WORD and Letter to Baba are companion works which probe the power and efficacy of words and guns in a world consigned to both. S/WORD draws from our deep history with the written word and tools of war and presents both as weaponized figures on paper scrolls. Letter to Baba is a video work seen as both documentary and diary, at once profoundly personal, yet speaking to universal truth and fear.
Rotring “Red Ring” German manufacturing company mechanical drafting pencil, (original design 1928)
12” x 12” x 6”
In the beginning was word and sword, one begetting the other.
In opposition they appear as in a duel, but as equals on the scroll they are co-conspirators in conflict and resolution, and conflict again, bearing witness one to the other. Fearful weapons borne by warriors of hope, scrolls of law and banners of war, unfurling, time and again.
Blood and ink spill to the same ground.
Yet with the scroll there is no page to turn, no past to move beyond. What gets recorded, reminded, and what fades away into shadows and scars, becomes the ghost of the future. Can we learn to linger in the space between the bleed lines, or breathe life into the rift and wreckage left behind and waiting ahead?
Walther P.38 decommissioned German designed semi-automatic WWII pistol, 1939
9” x 5.5” x 1.5”
multimedia audio/video installation at Saint John’s Art Center, SJU
Bleed Lines, 2020
linocut press prints on book production waste paper rolls
6’-10” x 1’-0”
Unbound – Black Book, 2020
book cover, linocut ghost prints on book production waste paper cuts
6″ x 9″ x 3″
Letter to Baba, 2020
HD video projection
In this beginning is a word, daughter to father. “Baba?”
It is a simple inquiry, a request for presence and assurance in troubled times. Nothing is written. There is no paper, no pen, nor gun nor sword, just a word, spoken plainly, if not plaintively, of one seeking wisdom and insight from the past in order to illuminate what is now, in full measure, the nearness to war.
The tender voice tinged with curiosity, fear and resignation, probes histories, close at hand and universal, for shards of truth in a world fractured and tilted badly off axis.
Ghost Prints – Black Board Homework, 2020
linocut press prints of the first lesson in Farsi Alphabets: A & B creating the word Āb: water and B & A creating the word BĀBĀ: dad
8.5″ x 11″ each
Ghost Prints – Flat File Homework, 2020
retrieved art historical slides from St. John Visual Library archives, linocut press prints of the first lesson in Farsi Alphabets: A & B creating the word Aab: water and B & A creating the word BĀBĀ: dad
5″ x 7″ each