Burial Sites at the Neon Heater


The Neon Heater Gallery 

Findlay, Ohio 

February 2 - 24, 2024 

Opening Reception: February 2nd, 5-9 pm

Who gets to be remembered? How are burial sites are made and maintained by the living? How might we honor the unnamed, unmarked, and forgotten? What is the living’s responsibility to the dead?

Burial Sites takes the form of a multi-volume artist book containing 13,000 photographs of cemeteries. Each volume represents a different geographical territory, and each page displays a new site. The layouts are each assembled as a unique grid, acting as maps for viewers to navigate from my camera’s perspective. The images capture seemingly mundane scenes: gardening tools, garbage cans, cracks in monuments, foliage, decorative symbols, and signage. They point to various traditions, religions, and histories embedded in sites of burial. Accompanying the volumes of images is a hybrid text, weaving together personal narratives, field notes, unanswered questions, and theoretical citations from multiple disciplines. This includes stories from cemetery administrators, funeral conductors, undertakers, and community members. My writing adds essential context and explores how burial sites might be transformed into archives, time capsules, mirrors, nonhuman ecosystems, architectural phenomena, and places of absence.

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