Scorpion Lens with Gold Chain and Rubber, 2018
18”x22.5” Lustre Inkjet Print
Scorpion Lens with Gold Chain and Rubber, is a photographic image of a fictional object created by the artist. This work was created out of the seminal dystopian science fiction novel Dhalgren, by Samuel Delaney. Dhalgren explores a geographical space somewhere in America set in the near future that, following a series of uncertain traumas, has left the city largely uninhabited and permanently altered. Street gangs form complex social systems in this world, allowing their members protection, community and physical contact with one another as relationships around the main character, an outsider called The Kid who suffers from amnesia, change over time. These gangs of men and women, unable to escape the city, traverse the destroyed landscape, covered in chains and lenses, objects that possess for these individuals great powers of protection, but as is revealed through the course of the narrative, they perhaps have no real power at all.