Untitled Microfilm

Prints, 2012

 

The engravings from Untitled Microfilm are carefully drawn copies of scratched microfilm that I collected while doing research on The Archive.   For me, the scratches and stains on the microfilm show both the imperfect photographic process of copying historical documents and bear the marks of the researchers who have scrolled through the microfilm reels before me.

However, these marks are more than just a literal record of prior use.  The empty, scratched microfilm also portray the dull, lost feeling one encounters after hours of shifting through papers, scrolling through illegible copies, and painstakingly recording bits of information that may, or may not have any significance. Untitled Microfilm echoes a search for facts that can quickly become as ambiguous, inconclusive, and as lost as the past one is seeking to pin down.

This print series is an extension of a series of drawings of microfilm on parchment.