Prevailing Assumptions of a Common Fate
I find it fascinating that, as a vicarious longing, nostalgia is strangely enabled by our technological age. We sit at our computers, and see the world. We imagine ourselves to experience, and possibly empathy. We are paradoxically inconsequential and connected.
With this notion, I collect images of large, intangible events. The public consciousness of the threat of global warming and the much-publicized natural disasters of recent years, has undoubtedly influenced my fascination with images of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and storms. I have been thinking about these events as the “threat from the outside.” A trope from science fiction, such a threat is stands as the uncontrollable catalyst forcing a consciousness of our interdependence and even moral obligation. It is important to me that these images belong to a public consciousness—they are all found online often from governmental weather agencies and military sources. I redact information that provides specificity, leaving ominous clouds that stand metaphorically as our collective burden.