Exit Wounds is a photo/video installation that examines the destruction of five acres of land adjacent to my home for urban development. Graced by a dense forest of long-standing trees, the property served as a wildlife habitat and was deeply treasured in the neighborhood as greenspace. After clear-cutting the forest of trees, massive earth-moving machines marshalled in to ravage the site for an entire summer. Day in and day out, they churned away at the earth to sculpt the denuded hillside into broad terraces for residential development.
Elegiac in tone, Exit Wounds addresses the voracious human appetite for development and laments the consequential wounds to the natural world. At the same time, it suggests the resilience of nature and the persistence of non-human life to endure in the midst of destructive human intervention.
“Exit wounds are usually larger than the entrance wound and this is because as the round moves through the body of the victim it slows down and explodes within the tissue and surrounding muscle. This slowing down of the projectile means that as it reaches the end of its trajectory it has to force harder to push through. This equates to the exit wound normally looking larger and considerably more destructive than its pre-cursor - the entrance wound.” Explore Forensics