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Printmaking: Engraving, Etching, Gouache, Pencil on Paper.
One of the frailties of the human race is our desire for immortality; to leave an imprint that says to future generations that we existed and that we mattered. These works express such monuments as they might exist somewhere both inside and outside of known time. They seek to illustrate the difficulty and investment inherent in creating monuments likely to be destroyed by future generations, who will build their own monuments in a desire to express their own cultural, religious and political identities, often while destroying the identities of those who came before. The destruction of these monuments can happen in an instant, like the World Trade Towers, or can require vast amounts of energy to take down, like the Berlin Wall, or the statue of Stalin that once resided in Budapest. Sometimes they are monuments of function and future generations understand them, like the Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria; other times their functional uses are not recognizable to us, such as Stonehenge. Finally they are monuments to hubris; to the desire to prove that we mattered. In the end they are both as frail, and as mighty, as the human race. These images seek to explore this duality.