THE GHOST STORIES
The Ghost Stories are written by time. Describing what happened yesterday, whether horrific or wonderful, is reporting. As the original event moves back into history, experience—both personal and cultural—becomes a distorting lens. As time goes on, we even forget that we learned that story. Instead we just ‘know.’ Our beliefs become the bedrock of our journey through life. What we forget is that beliefs are not fact, that assumptions can change, that our certainties may be shattered, that ‘they’ are not wrong, just because ‘we’ are right. Question everything.
In printmaking, once a plate is printed, there is often enough ink left on the plate to print another, lighter version. These are called ‘ghosts.’ In this body of work, each print started with a ghost of another. In addition, every print incorporates a text, often indecipherable, perhaps hidden in the layers, presented backwards, or overlaid multiple times. Just like so many of our assumptions.
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