The photographs in this body of work evolved from an interest in public forms
of communication and expression. I became fascinated with the way different
entities of American society have communicated their sentiments following the
tragedy of September 11th. The U.S. Government, the corporate sector, the religious
community and the individual found a specifi c form of expression which best
suited their needs.
These expressions were intended to be patriotic messages, but I recognized
multiple revealing subtexts within them. The public displays offered an opportunity
to extend and transform their original intended
meaning. While this work is produced by an American photographer about America,
the images ask the kinds of questions all people should be asking about the
country where they reside. For me, these images raise questions about commercialism,
authenticity, vulnerability and the separation of church and state.