Rites

My inquiry into The Last Judgment inevitably led to death rites. Each of these carbon ash and incense draw­ings records the contours of soldiers as shad­ows. They were inspired by the solem­nity of the English burial service conse­cra­tion, “Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”  When the entire group is installed in a grid, the inscrutable expres­sion of each soldier’s fate becomes a poignant marker, like the regu­lar rows of head­stones at the Arlington National Cemetery.