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.

 

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