The content and sources for my images originate from photographs published by the media, which depict crude and raw forensic evidence describing cartel and law enforcement violence surrounding the drug-trade in Mexico where thousands of people die every year.
Using erasure as language, and processes that are reductive in nature I am exploring what it means to see, live and cope with images of incomprehensible violence while tying together process and subject matter to explore the idea of perception, memory and transformation.
For this particular series I turned to a power hand-drill as a drawing tool to obliterate an image; I started by concentrating on portraits of casualties from the violence, innocent bystanders, law enforcement officials and cartel members. By blowing up these portraits, I enhanced the pixelation of the image allowing me to drill each dot one at a time using different size drill bits through the original image and into a stack of paper with a drywall backing.
The process by which the image evolves into the figure of the corpse becomes perceivable to the senses, the viewer attends the moment of transformation from image to human, both seeing and feeling the disappearance of a human being into the sphere of the purely visual; these representations of the corpse explore the state of uncertainty and awareness that México is experiencing.
Image variations for each piece
These pieces were created in collaboration with Kristine Kautz from Papiermanufaktur in Wrangelsburg, Germany
These editions were printed by Flatbed Press in Austin TX, and co-published by the Artist