Liz Miller   Erik Waterkotte

If you ask, “Why is [the city of] Thekla’s construction taking such a long time?” the inhabitants continue hoisting sacks, lowering leaded strings, moving long brushes up and down, as they answer, “So that its destruction cannot begin.”
-from Invisible Cities byItalo Calvino

Fluctuating spaces are a primary interest in my work.  The prints in this seriesrepresent a recent exploration into the image of disaster as a landscape in flux. The mark of devastation is compelling; broken architectures, voids of space and atmosphere distort a once recognizable landscape. In his book The Destruction of Memory; Architecture and War Robert Bevan states, “The built environment is merely a prompt, a corporeal reminder of the events involved in its construction, use, and destruction.”  My prints consider the disaster to be an uncanny space where time has collapsed.  Layering imagery in a variety of graphic medium, I combine images of disaster sites (appropriated, photographed, and collaged) with diagrammatic marks and forms.  I use this layered juxtaposition of photographic, textural, and diagrammatic imagery as a means of expressing the fluctuating nature of time and space seen in the image of disasters. Although my intent with these images is not outwardly political, I do see them as an expression of the times.

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