Memento Mori: 643 Madison Street, 2014, laser print with watercolor, 5" x 7"
The Memento Mori series considers the images and histories that are lost when a physical building is destroyed. This series depicts 4 commonplace buildings demolished in Brooklyn in the style of hand-tinted postcards. The reverse relays a short history (all factual) about the structure. Postcards in the early twentieth century were used for everyday communication and often depicted such banal subjects; now they are chiefly a medium of nostalgia. These pieces exploit the emotion of this antiquated medium to suggest a personal importance of these now vanished buildings. Though the technique used appears old fashioned, the images themselves are taken from Google Street View, whose slight delay in recording our streets makes it an archive of our rapidly changing urban environment.