The Witness 2021
The Witness began in the summer of 2020. I lived right next to the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon.
Like every other city, it became a strange ghost town once COVID hit. Some of this quiet was not unwelcome by me.
Then George Floyd was murdered.
I lived under helicopters and newscasts for months, saw every kind of alarm, fight, rage, parade, protest, smoke and fire.
I was eventually assaulted, but that felt like some everyday event by the time it happened.
My home became a bunker - but it was still my studio.
The fires then hit my state. My mother's house burned to the ground.
I just kept working. It was my way to survive.
I found myself returning to imagery I had not really used in decades, as if I was back at The War.
I am still making (and being) The Witness.