Sculpture, Photographs and Drawings.
My ongoing investigation of shipping container disasters is based on images found on the internet. These photos include container vessels at sea, stacked containers in shipyards, floating cargo containers dispersed by hurricanes or tsunamis, and cargo train accidents. The found image becomes a template used to create a sculpture that is constructed for the production of a new photograph. I had previously created a method of folding containers out of cardstock that I now use to construct these sculptures. Each sculpture appears hastily made, with visible tape and staples, showing a temporary and fragile structure. My works are titled with the place and date of the accident, relating the new photograph to the original event. By abstracting the scene from its original context and placing the damaged containers onto a seamless background, these objects become patterns of color and shape leaving a ghostly interpretation of a disastrous event. From this process a temporary sculpture exists in addition to the photographic work. The most recent works show visible signs of the apparatus of the studio, such as the curl of the seamless paper, or a portion of a c-stand or table. I am also experimenting with the addition of materials other than paper to the scenes; cut plastic, glass, mylar, cotton batting. These simple materials add a depth to the very abstracted paper scene – simulating standing water or smoke. Concurrently, I have been rendering drawings of these same container accidents. In 2012, I began to bring this type of drawing into the photographs, creating more detail of the physical surface of the containers. This series examines how material in the world is arranged and accumulated, and how that system becomes dysfunctional.