Begun May 2020
In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.—Michel Foucault “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias,” 1967
I started this project in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It emerged from the nautical roots of the term “quarantine,” which applied to vessels enduring 40-day isolation periods before entering ports. I have been building a twelve-foot skiff using designs by Platt Monfort based on light-weight airplane construction.
From the shadows cast by the boat’s frame, I will make a series of large (4 x 6 foot) cyanotype photograms (see small-scale test to the right). My plan is to send photograms to every continent for exhibition.