I commenced a five month residence in Humboldt County of California at the very time of the first successful attempt of numerous, in 112 years, to remove the statue of President William McKinley from the Arcata Plaza. When removed, this will be the first statue of a President ever removed from public view in the United States.
He fought on the side of the Union in the Civil War.
This work is a poem about removal. Employing re-photographed historic imagery, interviews, social histories, news clippings and my photographs, it weaves together an examination of the issue of monument removal in the United States, and points out the frequent absence of fact in an emotionally cause-driven era, that may usher in the death of memory of the ill-acts of our forbearers.
The work takes form as a limited edition artist book. The full project will be posted here soon.