The Veils

The Veils, 2023

These inkjet pigment prints on archival rag paper digitally reiterate the shadows of muslin (cotton) fabric cast on sheets of gelatin silver photographic film recorded without a camera.

Our minds are permeated by metaphors of cloth—from the Three Fates of ancient Greek mythology, to the world-wide-web. Here, camera-less photographic shadows of sheer muslin suggest, respectively, that which is hidden and mysterious and human forms extending themselves in pursuit or flight. The former, sub-titled ‘shekkinah’ invokes the feminine divine in Kabbalist mythology. The latter suggests the fictional Faust, who, in his insatiable desire for self-expansion, makes a pact with the Devil; and his abandoned lover, Gretchen, condemned to persecution and death. Just as Goethe’s tragedy allegorized the perilous trade-off between intimate community and impersonal freedom so integral to modernity, the delicate fabric itself suggests the fragility of our entanglements in a world where social cohesion is unraveling.

The original film sources for these prints are in the series The Broken Thread.