C-print, 20″x24″, edition of 25 (2004)
The Fallujah print was a culmination of a number of ideas coming together at once. During this time I was exploring multiples in a number of different ways, responding to the idea that the use of multiples is an egalitarian or democratic practice. I was also interested in the creative possibilities of obsolete technologies. With digital photography and printing rapidly advancing, new forms were quickly replacing the old color darkroom chemical processes. I started exploring the chemical process of color photo printing as a printmaking form. To create the work I painted on a large piece of glass and used the painting as a negative to make a contact print. It was a very difficult process, especially thinking of painting in negative to get the right positive colors in the print, but there was an eerie beautiful glow that is achieved through the slow burn of the light through the painted negative. After hearing the apocalyptic reports from the battle of Fallujah and the reports of the use of white phosphorus, that acid burn and glow seemed to be a perfect technique to make a piece in response to the events taking place. This work toured with the Paper Politics exhibition, and was featured in the Paper Politics book published by PM Press.
Link: Paper Politcs @ PM Press