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Full Moon at Manzanar September 3 2020
Timelapse Video
September 03, 2020
Untitled (or Two Killings, One Witness: Camp Lordsburg, New Mexico, July 27 1942)
Vintage Japanese hemp, linen and cotton, hand-pieced and hand-appliquéd
36"x 24" approximately, front and back shown in this image

This is a series in progress. Our ancestors started it millennia ago. I work on it now. Someone else will finish it later.

How many people have lived already: have had full, complex, embarrassing, heroic, boring, lives that were the most important things in the world when they were happening? How many of those lives are documented so that today we can light a candle and say their names?

In this series, the Moon is used as a unifying motif that draws connections across time and space in works that investigate phenomenology of remembering and memorial.

Think of Moon viewing as a near-universal act. The act of looking at the Moon today is the same as it was 10,000 years ago. Think of Moon viewing as a method of traveling through time: a tacit nod to the people who were here before you, and to the people who will be here after you are gone.

Cover image of the Moon (likely a copper plate etching) credited to Matsuda Midoriyama (alternately Matsuda Rokuzan) c. 1860.