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Abandoned House, Detroit VIII (Detail)

Abandoned House, Detroit III   paper with beeswax, encaustic and ink    22 x 30 inches     2009

About the Abandoned Houses, Detroit:

My "Abandoned Houses, Detroit" series are drawings based on photographs I have taken of abandoned houses in the city of Detroit. I draw with pen and ink on paper painted with beeswax and encaustic. I have a personal history with Detroit: I was born there, my parents grew up there, and my grandparents were political activists there. These drawings are about what remains after departure and displacement. The abandoned houses are ageless ruins, yet contemporary images.

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