"New Relics"
digital prints

“At the barren site of Qumran, on the north-west corner of the Dead Sea, tens of thousands of fragments of manuscripts were discovered in a dramatic series of finds that began in 1947 and continued through the 1950s. These parchment and papyrus documents survived time and circumstance. Myriad fragments were pieced together into parts of about 300 compositions, most written in Hebrew, some in Aramaic and relatively few in Greek. The process of fitting together the pieces of what might be characterized as the greatest jigsaw puzzle of all time has gone on since the first discoveries. Scholars are still shifting the positions of some fragments, reassigning others, and deciding that yet others are part of a still unrecognized work.”

Michael E. Stone, Dead Sea Scrolls, Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Dead Sea Scrolls format is an example of “natural selection”; the scrolls were discovered and historians had to determine which pieces went with what others.

What I have done is to take the formats of six of the original scrolls (in their fragmented and reconstructed states), looked at their content (in terms of titles, words, sentences and ideas) and given them a modern, twentieth century visual / pictorial content. The new “visual” replaces the antiquated “text” communication. In some cases, one image or event in modern history was pivotal and important enough to get my interpretation of the original message across. In others, I have made a montage of similar elements (“Enoch” is a combination of variety of images dealing with technology) or groups of individuals to illustrate my overall interpretation of the concept or principle.

The images I have used are worldwide; they do, however, reflect my background as an American who has lived in Australia since 1991. Some will be easily recognized; others may be unknown to you.

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"Self-Portrait: X Marks the Spot"
digital image

 

An optimistic self-portrait of life
with Parkinson's Disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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