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SPEAK OF THE OBJECT

In 2010 I started documenting domestic violence shelters in the United States and Italy. Currently, American non-profit organizations assist people who are in mortal danger from a inter-personal violence (IPV) by providing residence in a shelter.

The United Nations and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) use the American model of protection to create, support, and evaluate intervention programs around the world including Italy. While the American model has and will continue to save lives we should evaluate whether or not we can improve. Recently, inter-personal violence rates in the US have decreased but lethality has increased and the vast majority of mass murders have been committed by people who have perpetrated domestic violence against an intimate partner, more people are dying.

IPV also has long-term repercussions that extend years beyond the moments of abuse. As of 2011 nearly 60% of incarcerated women nation-wide had a history of physical or sexual abuse.

By tracking and documenting the objects and structures of our response to inter-personal IPV across regions and countries my work exposes the banality and common occurrence of IPV.

I use the multiple, many images, to repeat the urgency of the ceaseless
danger of IPV but my embrace of minimal beauty reminds viewers that this damage is divorced from theology, nationality, or class. My prints are also frequently assembled in walls or fields that have a physical presence that convey the weight and enormity of the topic.

Speak of the Object prints and publications are intended to be viewed in galleries,
disseminated as small zines, and as large images installed in public places. My work brings into daily view the experience of a community that is normally hidden.

Speak of the Object is my gentle kick to the world. The title is derived from a section of the poem dico che il grillo lo scorpione la cavalletta by Italian Mariella Bettarini. It is a call to actions for progress - "...dando un calico soave a questo mondo perche si metta a camminare" - while giving a gentle kick to this world so that it begins walking.

dico che il grillo lo scorpione la cavalletta
i say that the cricket the scorpion the grasshopper

dico che il grillo lo scorpione la cavalletta
i say that the cricket the scorpion the grasshopper

hanno piu forze di me di cui non vale piu
have more strength than me, and i’m no longer worth

parlare ne in questo modo ne in altri
talking about neither in this way nor others

dato che del soggetto si e parlato anche troppo
since plenty has been said about the subject

e conviene parlare dell’oggetto
and it is better to speak of the object

a chiare lettere chiare note a chiarissime
in clear letters clear notes in the clearest

grida
cries

poiche i boschi hanno gia preso tutti fuoco
because the woods have already caught fire

e la cenere che rimane sono fatti
and the remaining ashes are facts

da raccontarsi piu crudamente con le mani
to be recounted more crudely with hands

attorno ai ginocchi dando un calico soave
around knees while giving a gentle kick

a questo mondo perche si metta a camminare
to this world so that it begins walking

Safely
Screen-print and dye
7.5 x 17 ft
2015
North Carolina 1
Five layer screen-print
2014
North Carolina 2
Screen-print and acrylic
22 x 30 in
2015
Ecco / Here
Laser printed zine
8.5 x 11 in closed
2015
Florence A
Ink Jet
4 x 6 ft
2015
Florence A (detail view)
Ink-jet print
4 x 6 ft
2015
Iowa C
Ink-jet print
4 x 6 ft
2015
Florence K
Ink-jet print
4 x 6 ft
2015
VAWA 2
Five layer lithograph
2014
VAWA 3
Five layer lithograph
2014
VAWA 4
Five layer lithograph
2014
Five layer cmyk tint printed
Five layer lithograph
22 x 30 in
2013
Iowa 1
Silk-screen print
22 x 30 in
2013
Iowa 5
Four layer screen-print
2013
Iowa 4
Four layer screen-print
2013
Iowa 2
Four layer screen-print
2013
Iowa 3
Silk-screen print
22 x 30 in
2013
Parlare dell’Oggetto / Speak of the Object
Case-bound twenty-eight images archival inkjet printed
5 x 7.5 in closed
2016