Counting Radiation XX (detail), ink and graphite on paper, 73 x 48 in, 2012
b. Detroit, 1984
Being diagnosed with cancer in 2009 intensified my need to document my life via autobiographical drawings. I work to comprehend mortality and vitality. I am interested in physical and psychological endurance, and the ways in which we document the passage of time. The series Counting Radiation is a way of controlling my fear. I am counting to harness it, tallying to transform it. To repeat a mark is to move a step further toward taming my history and future. To represent an invisible harm is to erase it, to exorcise it. I am tallying time, drawing a large desert that shifts perspectives: a landscape that rolls, tumbles, and caves in.