Salutations mines an archive of letters written to my grandmother  by my grandfather, a man I never met.      Full Project Statement HERE

Almost a century later he has become my unwitting collaborator for this project.

To make these prints I scan, and print the original documents and proceed to trace his handwritten words, rendering them into an indecipherable new language. Existing between looking and reading the work shifts the narrative from one that is directly told to one that is more deeply felt. 


The documents provide a template for me to work with. After scanning the original letters and envelopes, I proceed to digitally erase my grandfather’s writings, leaving behind an image of blank stationary or envelope. Traces of postmarks, folds and stamps are left as remnants of touch, time and travel. This “empty” image is printed out as an archival pigment print, sometimes embellished with graphite, and becomes the receptacle for the monotype print. I then copy the letters with my own hand onto a monotype plate, intentionally over ink the plate. The over inking transforms the written words into amorphous asemic writing.


Embedded in this meditative act of transcribing another’s gesture’s is the yearning to touch, to know. The results are unreadable, suggesting that what lies in the heart of one is all but unknowable to another. The reverent duplication of my grandfather’s marks becomes a recognition of a shared ancestry and sits on the edge of my own identity.


The works are a blend of photography, drawing and printmaking. I use reclaimed photo black ink and a natural photo paper. The ink is especially deep black and sits atop the coated photo paper in a unique and, for me, satisfying manner.


This body of work is bit of a departure from the core of my practice and one I found particularly poignant for me at this time of my life.


All works on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper

Salutations 2104 (2021)
Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
3 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2109 (2021)
Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2113 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2105 (2021)
Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2112 (2021)
Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
4 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2116 (2021)
Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper, 2 Vintage Photographs
Unique 9.5" x 13" print
Salutations 2119 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 11" x 15" prints
Salutations 2151 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 17" x 22" prints
Salutations 2130 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite
Unique 17" x 22" print
Salutations 2126 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite
Unique 17" x 22" print
Salutations 2114 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2118 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 11" x 15" prints
Salutations 2117 (2021)
Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper, 2 Vintage Photographs
Unique 9.5" x 13" print
Salutations 2140 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 11" x 13" prints
Salutations 2131 (2021)
Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
6 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2115 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2144 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
Unique 10" x 8" print
Salutations 2122 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 11" x 15" prints
Salutations 2127 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Color Pencil
Unique 17" x 22" print
Salutations 2149 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
6 unique 11" x 13" prints
Salutations 2150 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
Unique 17" x 22" print
Salutations 2141 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Color Pencil, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
Unique 13" x 9.5" print
Salutations 2143 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 11" x 13" prints
Salutations 2128 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite
Unique 17" x 22" print
Salutations 2129 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Color Pencil
Unique 17" x 22" print
Salutations 2145 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2132 (2021)
Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2142 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Glitter, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
Unique 13" x 9.5" print
Salutations 2146 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 9.5" x13" prints
Salutations 2152 (2021)
Archival Pigment Print, Graphite, Monotype with Reclaimed Ink on Red River Aurora Natural Photo Paper
2 unique 17" x 22" prints