The Memory of Grapes text

The Memory of Grapes

(in process)

This work began when a friend gave me several thousand sheets of black and white photo paper from the 1970s. The paper was slightly fogged and not really suitable for enlarging, so I began thinking about photograms.

My brother Rob died in December 2014. He was a wine maker and that spring I made a few photograms from his vine cuttings for a commemorative label for his last batch of wine.

I returned to his vineyard throughout the summer of 2015 to take more cuttings for photograms. Standing among the grape vines I thought about how, over time, my brother had influenced their architecture and abundance. And how, like the blue heron flying overhead, the grapes return every spring. Even in his absence.

This is a work in progress. The original photograms are 11” X 14”. The diptychs are 14” X 22”. Archival inkjet prints from the originals are available in varying sizes.