Make/Make, cyanotype photograms and t-pins, 2.5′ x 5′, 2016
In english, to “make” means to create or compose. In ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, “make” means to die or perish. Juxtaposing these two definitions brings to mind the cyclical nature of creation and destruction. The artwork itself is a memento mori; 100 individual leaf “skeletons” were gathered to make 100 individual photograms (photographic prints made without a camera), thus preserving a moment in each leaf’s phase of decomposition.