mfa thesis exhibition, steuben south gallery, brooklyn, ny
diligence and cunning alone could not bring odysseus back to ithaca; queen penelopes actions, pulling one days work from the shroud each night, contributed equally to his return. her ritual maintained his existence; better an absent concept than a concrete loss. similarly, i wish to extend the lives of myself and those around me by seeking what we may have left behind in the bath towels we have used, distending them to try to discover the small selves hidden in the fibers. yet the demise of the fabric must occur. the shroud will unravel completely; the home-spun gods of the dead will be entirely undone. all absent seafarers and i will be lost into the void. and, wrapped as the ancients were in their burial cloths, we will be tossed out into the next world of nothingness within these veils.