Archetypal and symbolic, this work is a reflection of the artist’s journey after several life-altering occurrences in 2020, which lead to deep and somber introspection about memory, loss, loneliness, aging, and ultimately, death.
To create the ink transfer imagery, the artist bought tiny black and white photographs from a second-hand store, and then scrawled and scratched into the faces and backgrounds with a razor blade. These altered photographs were then digitally captured, laser printed in small sections, and transferred with a gel medium onto plexiglass that had been mounted to wood panels. Light passing through the semi transparent image and clear acrylic sheets creates a milky looking surface invoking a dream-like or apparitional quality to the lacerated and obscured figures.
The title For a Time They Took Pleasure There comes from a line in The Book of Poverty and Death, which is the third book in Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours.