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.

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