everything that ought to have remained, 2011  

Site-specific installation for the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, NYC

   This work is based on  The Brothers , a series of large-format photographs I made documenting the expulsion of the aged members of a Roman Catholic religious order from their home on the grounds of a former military hospital in New Mexico. When I encountered the empty altar space at the Church I realized that a sculptural piece--emulating a memorial or shrine--would more effectively narrate, in a non-linear fashion, the deconstruction of the Brothers’ world depicted in the photographs, while at the same time seeking to restore to physical, three-dimensional presence the structures now lost.

 

This work is based on The Brothers, a series of large-format photographs I made documenting the expulsion of the aged members of a Roman Catholic religious order from their home on the grounds of a former military hospital in New Mexico. When I encountered the empty altar space at the Church I realized that a sculptural piece--emulating a memorial or shrine--would more effectively narrate, in a non-linear fashion, the deconstruction of the Brothers’ world depicted in the photographs, while at the same time seeking to restore to physical, three-dimensional presence the structures now lost.

   The church provided a place spiritually close, but materially and geographically distant from the Brothers’ longtime home. The installation contained objects and images from The Brothers housed in custom-wood frames.

 

The church provided a place spiritually close, but materially and geographically distant from the Brothers’ longtime home. The installation contained objects and images from The Brothers housed in custom-wood frames.

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