Unseen, Installation Model 3, Matt board, Modeling paste, plexi and paper, 18" x 18" x 4", 2017.

Unseen, Installation Model 3, Matt board, Modeling paste, plexi and paper, 18" x 18" x 4", 2017.

 

Unseen is a multi-media art installation inspired by the realization of my friends and family being poisoned by the place we call home. The heart of the installation is an orchestration of real people’s voices revealing their stories and how they were affected by toxic waste inside their own homes. These stories, from one neighborhood, chillingly span across decades.

In 2015, my 40 year old brother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that eats away at your bones like osteoporosis. He lives in Niagara Falls, New York on a block with row after row of families dealing with serious life threatening rare cancers and diseases.

This is not a coincidence.

With recent testing of the ground inside their homes, it’s become clear that waste from the nearby infamously toxic Love Canal is still poisoning people's lives despite the government’s promises it was cleaned up decades ago.

Unseen will premiere in 2018, 40 years after Love Canal was initially declared a disaster by President Jimmy Carter.

I dedicate this work to my brother and to the families who have suffered from the terrible environmental disaster at Love Canal.

 

*Collaborator: Jennifer Kite-Powell - Forbes tech contributor. Art, technology & science ghost writer. Raconteur. Poet. https://about.me/kite-powell

 
 
Unseen, Installation Model 3, Matt board, Modeling paste, plexi and paper, 18" x 18" x 4", 2017.

Unseen, Installation Model 3, Matt board, Modeling paste, plexi and paper, 18" x 18" x 4", 2017.

 
Unseen, Installation Model 3, Matt board, Modeling paste, plexi and paper, 18" x 18" x 4", 2017.

Unseen, Installation Model 3, Matt board, Modeling paste, plexi and paper, 18" x 18" x 4", 2017.

 
Process work, scale models, research and brainstorming, 2017.

Process work, scale models, research and brainstorming, 2017.

 
Unseen, Installation Model 1, wood, wire, plexi and paper, 19 1/2" x 54" x 11", 2017.

Unseen, Installation Model 1, wood, wire, plexi and paper, 19 1/2" x 54" x 11", 2017.

 
Unseen, Installation Model 1, wood, wire, plexi and paper, 19 1/2" x 54" x 11", 2017.

Unseen, Installation Model 1, wood, wire, plexi and paper, 19 1/2" x 54" x 11", 2017.

 
Unseen, Installation Model 2, wood, wire, plexi and photograph and clay, 16 1/2" x 39" x 11", 2017.

Unseen, Installation Model 2, wood, wire, plexi and photograph and clay, 16 1/2" x 39" x 11", 2017.