Trans-Atlantic / 2010–2011
To realize Trans-Atlantic, the artist arranged for a set of newsprint papers to travel across the Atlantic Ocean with a solo sailor. During the journey, the papers were exposed to the sun, which transformed the sheets from un-marked surfaces into unique pieces of narration. Using the sun both as a source of production and a metaphorical voice-over, this serial work conceptualizes the Atlantic voyage as both an embodied experience and as a metaphor for material transformation. It enables viewers to question the relationship between material and voice(s), as well as the ways in which (and through what kinds of bodies) materiality speaks. The work also indirectly emphasizes how materials are created and shaped through relational encounters coded within power structures.