My work juxtaposes repeat decorative patterns with newspaper clippings and iconic photographs to explore how ornament and design can act as a tool to create literal, theatrical and narrative explorations. In Car Bomb, the overlaid pattern is a 13th Century Islamic mosaic design. The pattern consists of intersecting lines that create a series of twelve-pointed stars along with other geometric shapes to form a complex web. The pattern is superimposed above three newspaper clippings that have been simplified and converted into silhouettes. On the bottom layer is a photo image of the remnants of a car bomb attack that is obscured by the pattern and by a group of white figures running out from the center of the composition. Above these figures is an aerial map of Baghdad outlining parts of the city that are controlled by different security groups such as the U.S. military, Iraqi security forces, Sunni militias and others. By grouping these images together I am interested in how the meaning of the image changes when removed from its original context. No longer accompanied by a headline, an article or a caption Car Bomb explores ideas about the translation and interpretation of an image through collective memory, symbolism and gesture.



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