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Casket Portrait, 2019




I recently began experimenting with different burial techniques both symbolic and real. I have been studying funeral rites and passages across cultures for a long time, but my interest in moving beyond research into practice came with the recent realization that we humans may have overstayed our welcome on this planet. I began this series of portraits by constructing a Plexiglas casket, a material I have used as a framing device throughout my career. I sited the casket in a desert landscape and posed both inside and outside, conjuring both entombment and levitation. The result is a group of images that draw attention to the fragility of humans and the planet at once. Edition of 10

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30.00 x 40.00 x 1.00 in | 76.20 x 101.60 x 2.54 cm

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