To fill a room after You are gone 2018
Granite, unfired clay, powdered graphite, shredded documents, steel
To fill a room after You are gone is barbaric is an installation that calls attention to parameters of space, the frame within which the body is and isn’t, with materials used to manifest artifact and anti-monument. The title is emblematic of Adorno’s contested opinions on the ethics of creative writing after the Holocaust : to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric. Referring to this quote situates the work within a sentiment that is so simultaneously absolute and emotive that it poignantly negates itself. It implodes, leaving a framework than can never actualize but simply feeds off of suffering. While poetry may have become an impossibility in the wake of such abject trauma, there is necessity for its continuation all the same.