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SPEAK OF THE OBJECT

In 2010 I started working in and documenting domestic violence shelters in the United States and Italy.

Currently, American communities assist people who are in unsafe relationships by providing them with residence in a shelter. This model of protection has and will continue to save lives.

This philosophy is being exported to other countries. The United Nations increasingly uses the American model of protection to create, support and evaluate intervention programs around the world. Italy a country that uses the American model.

The title of this series is derived from a section of the poem dico che il grillo lo scorpione la cavalletta by Italian poet Mariella Bettarini. The poem refers to the notion of changing focus from one’s self to an other (object). It is a call to small actions for great 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.

This work is my gentle kick to the world. Representation matters and my goal with this project is to elicit change, transformation, and progress by placing images of places normally shaded from view into the visual landscape.

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 2
Screen-print and acrylic
22 x 30 in
2015
North Carolina 1
Five layer screen-print
2014
Ecco / Here
Laser printed zine
8.5 x 11 in closed
2015
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
Florence K
Ink-jet print
4 x 6 ft
2015
Iowa C
Ink-jet print
4 x 6 ft
2015
Florence A
Ink Jet
4 x 6 ft
2015
Florence A (detail view)
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
Parlare dell’Oggetto / Speak of the Object
Case-bound twenty-eight images archival inkjet printed
5 x 7.5 in closed
2016
Indiana 1
Ink-jet print
2012
Iowa 1
Ink-jet print
2013