Lingua Franca documents the Paris apartment where I returned for many years, and is an intimate reflection on travel, language, and culture. The texts come from a copy of an English-French phrasebook from 1835 found in a used bookstore in Rochester, NY. A narrative about traveling seemed to emerge from these phrases, one that expressed the doubts and fears of solo travelers, the polite forms of social interaction, and the fatigue of sightseeing and adjusting oneself to a new environment. This purported travel book does not show the sights, the people, or the environment. It’s instead a view looking inward, a reflection of the emotional experience of being in this place, and the process of constructing memory. Edition of 17.
"Palimpsest was my first artists' book, and grew from photographic collage work I had been doing for several years. Frustrated with the limitations of single images, I decided to create more complex and multi-layered imagery through the pages of a book. Palimpsest is an extended collage of newspaper texts and photographs exploring world events seen through personal vision. The layered images become metaphors for the intellectual and emotional processes of learning, thinking and memory for me. The elements, drawn from found images and text, or experiences from my life, depict an intersection of the personal and the political. Newspaper text with all but a few words crossed out alludes to censorship as well as revealing a subtext of emotional language hidden beneath the surface of purportedly objective reporting. Unexpected juxtapositions form an open-ended narrative that considers the conditions of our culture and the ways in which we receive and interpret information." http://web.archive.org/web/20171024080530/http://www.artistsbooksonline.org/works/plpt.xml
"Relation explores the constantly shifting network of connection and separation inherent in the fabric of intimate relationships. The book's binding structure is designed to fold flat, and expand into a sculptural, interwoven front when opened. Delicate images of fabric form a rich visual field for interlocking, shifting texts." wsworkshop.org (viewed 10/18/2018)
Consists of images of beachhead memorial sites in France, military cemeteries, World War II monuments, and black & white photographs of one U.S. army soldier in particular.