Back Dirt, (2020)
Archival inkjet print
In archeological terminology, the term “back dirt” refers to the excavated, discarded material (sediment, dirt) from a site that has generally been sifted for artifacts and is presumed to be of no further archaeological significance.
I recently found a stack of pages from an old French archeology book, with many objects meticulously cut out of them by an unknown person. I have been photographing these pages, using a combinatory process: for each photograph, I arrange a stack of different pages and photograph it so that the holed-up pages create a new image. I then reshuffle the pages and create a new stack for the next image, and so on. I print the photographs much larger than the original pages, revealing the materiality of the cut and torn paper. They appear to be in black-and-white at first glance, but a longer look reveals the subtleties of the slightly yellowing paper or the bluish shadows the pages cast on one another. Simultaneously I have been interviewing a preeminent scholar on pre-Minoan archeology, the time period these objects came from. His answers are the soundtrack to a new video I am currently working on.
"His Vase", 2019-20, archival inkjet print on satin paper, 30" x 20"
"Holes with Shadows", 2020, archival inkjet print on satin paper, 27" x 19"
Installation views at "Science Fictions", curated by Nicole Kaack at Crush Curatorial gallery, NY, NY: