11.5″ x 12″
Archival Ink Jet Print
For the Creative Time Project “Time to Consider: Artists Respond to 9.11”
In less than a second we capture instances of our lives that we deem worthy to remember and retain over a lifetime. As sustained moments, photographs are the latent reminders of what we choose to construct and preserve. These images are often packed away for future access or when experiences beg our search for a record of some corresponding event, person, or place.
In the days following the acts of 9.11 I watched the televised destruction of the World Trade Center repeatedly. Although I witnessed this event in real time, I now craved confirmation that the towers had really existed prior to the sensationalized spectacle. I began a dig for my photographs that contained the buildings and settled into the comfort of one image taken from a plane of lower Manhattan. Disrupted by the current openness of sky and the presence of buildings that had become unfamiliar, images of the city repeat in my mind. I scrutinize my memories attempting to locate the familiar in order to recognize an urban space unmade—an examination of buildings, structural skins that resemble the Trade Center, and the fracture that my mind attempts to stitch together. “Elocation” is the culmination of this search to reconcile the memory of place, the experience of events, and the reality of this moment.