Cluster, 2009

Digital C-prints, 22” x 22” each; set of four images

Cluster is derived from the idea of phosphenes, also known as “the prisoners’ cinema,”
whereby images are produced through the absence of light, for example when blindfolded
or during sensory deprivation. Each image within Cluster consists of a melding of the
same four images downloaded from the internet: the sun; the earth; a bomb explosion; the
retina––from the macro and external towards the micro and internal. While the image of
the explosion in some ways mimics synaptic firings, it also emphasizes the violence
inherent in visual deprivation. In my personal case, such deprivation was experienced
during a retinal detachment.