Migration, 1992

Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati,OH.

An installation in three parts, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati. The central theme of “Migration” is a play of opposites between remaining rooted in a fixed situation, and the unknown territory of uprooting oneself and creating a new life. There is a large moving shadow wheel which presents a continuous stream of 48 different shadow images which are caught, briefly magnified and inverted by two lenses circling opposite one another. Viewers project themselves into the sequence of images which include fragments of clothing, architecture, the body, and more abstract images–and start to make meaning. As the viewer searches these signs, the two intense points of light on the wheel also seem to be searching the viewer.