I use print media, photography, sculpture, interviews, sound, and video as tools to investigate, interpret, and record the layers of history stored within specific sites. As I gather individual histories from local residents and archives, I work to create access to a collective memory of a location. In response to the historical archive, my work emphasizes the continuous, social process of the interpretation - and reinterpretation - of place.

I use a set of customized tools that mediate both my investigations and the final presentation of my process. Devices such as a handmade camera obscura video-recorder and digitally-printed stereographs combine antique and digital technologies, and allow me to create interactive environments that provide multiple modes of access to a collective memory of a site.

 

 

 

a place on the globe

A Place on the Globe, 2014

Graphite, ink, acrylic on panel, 66" x 84"

From 1875 to 1902, twelve African American jockeys won sixteen Kentucky Derbies, becoming some of the first great American athletes. This time also bore witness to the construction of buildings and traditions that we recognize today, and the deconstruction of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 with the rise of legalized segregation. Rendered on pages of an 1869 treatise on equine anatomy, training, and care, A Place on the Globe is intended to provide an introduction to the times, places, and people of the first Kentucky Derbies, and the layers of complex history embedded within.

Created with the support of the Kentucky Derby Museum Artist in Residence program.