Research for Progress

Research For Progress-Memorial For Friends and Relatives / mixed media assemblage

“A corroded black metal box becomes the repository for thirteen ‘pages’ of found photographs embalmed in a waxy coating reminiscent of the animal fat of Joseph Beuys. Posed shots of family members from World War I are collaged with torn details from a 1950’s engineering journal. These are parts of men in military uniform with gas mask, a pair of sisters, a baby and a cannon blast, juxtaposed with fragmented messages celebrating the new achievements of high technology. An unnameable disease seems to have eaten away pictures, words and diagrams, and a magnifying glass has been placed in the box to help the viewer decipher its cryptic contents.”

Kristen Struebing-Beazley, Helicon Nine Journal