Current > Portals

Portals is a collaborative project with Julie Henson. Inspired by the history of Mokelumne Hill (California) as told through newspaper clippings, historical photos from Calaveras County, and the photos by Edith Irvine, the ghostly installation explores the fleeting hopes left by the Gold Rush Era. The slide show incorporates collaged historical images projected onto a shadow wall, which holds a ghost image -- reminiscent of a double exposure photograph -- as the projection changes. What results is a layering of recurrent images of mining, water, and bridges, themes which visualize the elusive quest for wealth and fortune inherent in the culture of late 19th Century and early 20th Century America.