a count, 2010 – ongoing
Vintage gauze and gunpowder fingerprints
Using gauze bandages (including WWII and Vietnam bandaging found on eBay) and ink-like gunpowder, I am making fingerprint marks on streams of transparent fabric to count the casualties – both military and civilian – resulting from the response to the 9/11 attacks. The time required by this process provides a means to acknowledge the lives taken in war. Each casualty imprinted with my own body is a way of personally meditating on the loss of these individuals. These marks appear to bleed through the fabric, staining material meant to staunch and heal. Yet in wetting the gunpowder it is rendered inert, and thus a violent means of destruction is transformed into the material of creation. Installed from floor to ceiling, the streamers hang like peace flags. a count is ongoing. As the number of casualties in the Middle East continues to rise, the number of banners will as well.