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                          Walter Benjamin wrote that ‘every image of the past that is not recognized by the present as one of its own concerns threatens to disappear
                          irretrievably.” 1  It is implied that if part of the “past is allowed to disappear it will take with it a knowledge of the present, because the
                          two are inseparable.”
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                          I am fascinated by the construction of history: what is retained, what is forgotten or overshadowed, and the little mysteries
                          that can never be solved. I find myself drawn to individuals and bodies of knowledge that have been marginalized or criticized -
                          the same missteps or flawed postulations that have been critical to the advancement of our current knowledge - and to the
                          things that are not wholly resolved, still open to dismantling, conjecture, and interpretation.

                          Throughout my projects, I research historical connections and uncertainties and use them as points of departure for creating
                          visual works.  I am particularly interested in the ways one can incorporate the past into the present to create new meaning
                          and to enhance the production of ideas in relation to both. My studies have often focused on the 18th and 19th centuries, as
                          originating sources for many fields of contemporary inquiry and as a time when science, art, and literature consistently
                          overlapped.

                          Some of my recent projects have included investigations into the history of neurology and hysteria in Reposantes, early
                          photography in Wedgwood, the questionable veracity of ephemera in Greetings from Oil Country, and the puzzling
                          anagrammatical nomenclature of a 19th century naturalist in Elfortiana.




                                                    1 Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History.” Illuminations, 1940. London: Fontana, 1992. p. 247.
                                   2 Erica Fudge, “A Left-Handed Blow: Writing the History of Animals” in Representing Animals, ed. Nigel Rothfels (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002), p. 3.