Projects > The Way We Were, 2008-09

Project Description:

In 2005, I received an invitation to my 10-year high school reunion. I did not attend the reunion and had not stayed in touch with anyone from my high school. My classmates were lost to me. In 2008, I began drawing their portraits from my yearbook. The portraits were drawn using colored pencil, each one is slightly larger than a quarter. After individually cutting each portrait out, I drew brightly colored concentric rings on the backs. I built a tornado chamber to house the portraits. Laminar and cyclonic airflow cause them to continually fly through the chamber. The flight of all 247 portraits creates a hypnotic, sparkling effect. While flying they hit the plexiglass walls of the chamber, creating a sound similar to rain hitting a roof.