Palm, partial (detail)
i continue fascinated with the process of fingerprinting; pulling information out of invisibility with powdered pigment, brush, and tape. the way that fingerprints function as evidence, as a means of constructing narrative. the unidentified subject touched this. here. and here. the ways in which the information is partial, incomplete, the ways in which fingerprints stand in for identity.
all images: powdered graphite and tape on paper, 2017
These images are part of the work I’m doing for my MFA. I’m using the tools of forensic investigators (powdered pigment and brushes) to first create drawings using my fingerprints, then pull the images up via the fingerprint dusting method. These drawings reference unsolved disappearances of women in the United States; each one is based on an actual case file.
Update: These images will be part of “Deadly Intentions” at Studio 659, from 9/24/17 through 11/11/17.
Ongoing series, 2015 to present. Graphite and charcoal on paper.
Unless noted, all are after master painters’ self portraits.
Brunelleschi, after Pampaloni
Caravaggio, after Leoni
Dante, after Botticelli
In May 2015, I accompanied a group of my students on a study-abroad trip to Italy. The sketches below are the result of that trip.