Triage – Gauze Series – 2016
Random slides have been gathered from estate sales and the personal family of the artist and cut into with a scalpel. The slides are then sewn into a cotton gauze bandage and incorporated into various combinations with other materials. A red thread is used as a symbolic reference to bloodlines and other cultural mythologies.
I learned how to process film in a traditional darkroom at a point in time when the negative was held as sacrosanct. To destroy the film was the ultimate act of desecration. A suicide. It is difficult to escape this sentiment. Every incision with the blade feels like a terrible violation, a betrayal, an act of defiance or one of surrender.