"THE DEVIL'S CATHEDRAL" Installation #FIRSTVE
With the Consideration of Light • The Devil’s Cathedral • With the Consideration of Light II • Pink Shoes
3 Acrylic on Arches, 30” x 22” Acrylic on Canvas 11" x 14" (Pink Shoes)
with chains & artifact from Essex County Jail
The old Essex County Jail is a forgotten, historic gem tucked behind massive stone walls in Newark’s University Heights District. Although it has landmark status, the jail, which dates back to 1837, has been neglected to the point of ruin.
I entered condemned sites—buildings marked with the kiss of death—to paint and preserve the historic significance and their resonant memory from what remained. Drawn into an empty scene, I’d move guardedly beyond unattended crumble and shards of scrap poetry, crawling over trash into wastelands dripping grief for a glorious past. Painting my way out of corners, I reconstruct and color a reality that I can live in. Truth glows, and is more vast and mysterious than imagination that serves its sentence limited by the confines of this world.