Denial of Loss: The Romance of The Fragment
The notions of wound and collapse, transformation and rebirth are the defining principles and pivotal concepts of the projects Denial of Loss: The Romance of the Fragment and Revival of the Stone (and The Mountains Where They Belonged). The series of digital photographs, photo-based paper objects and set designs that comprise this body of work are based on the primary exercise—what I call sketching and doodling with my camera—of documenting antique broken sculptures, photographing the often abruptly broken sections present in these stone statues and figures. The intention is to separate, isolate and mutate the precise fragments where the offense to the stone has happened and convert them into a new presence and physical element, namely, a new [paper] rock. This work is, in brief, an exercise and a meditation on cycles of transformation and movement, the latent presence of collapse and the force of decay against the possibilities of rebirth and change.