These shadow drawings show something hidden being displaced. It could be a historical, collective or individual shadow. Heightened surveillance and rampant paranoia marked the early cold war years of my youth in the United States. The atmosphere of fear and suspicion of the post-war period has re-emerged in the form of an unseen but keenly felt enemy. In my work this subject takes the form of art pieces meant to create a space for reflection; another look at what is familiar.
In making the Sentinels, I superimposed graphite and conté on two sheets of 56 x 43 cm Mylar to employ the translucent quality of the drawing surface in the creation of a strangely ambiguous space. These four pieces forward a notion of witnessing. The witnessing describes a mistake that has already happened, a shadow. The shadow is being remembered and made visible. In the Sentinels, I am exploring the question: is what we see the same as what we know.