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These Are Their Stories is about compulsion and the impulse to collect. It also examines the fascination with pain and death, on both a personal and cultural level, and the media’s role in feeding this fascination. For years, I have been a reluctant fan of the television show “Law and Order.” Attracted by its focus on morbid crimes, I am almost powerless to ignore the endless reruns on cable and often find myself watching episodes that I may have already seen more than once. This has amounted to hours and hours of seeing vaguely recognizable character actors assaulted and murdered on a regular basis. In an effort to both acknowledge and control this behavior, I decided to create a visual catalog of these fictional victims in the hopes that deliberate viewing and deconstruction of the show would weaken its power over me. I am systematically combing through multiple seasons, collecting video stills of various victims post-crime, rendering them in black watercolor on small squares of lightly tinted paper and then cataloging them using a simple code of season and episode number. The result is a work in progress which will continue to bloom as long as there are episodes and victims to fuel my compulsion.
These Are Their Stories was most recently shown at Davidson Contemporary, Seattle WA. It has also been shown at Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland WA, in October 2007 as part of the group show "Help Me I'm Hurt" curated by Suzanne Beal and at Arts West Gallery in Seattle WA in "Yer Killin' Me," a group show curated by Deborah Paine.
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