Full Artist's statement
Rebecca Silberman Trespassers
My most recent work emerges from an interest in miniatures and as an extension of experience with optical devices: cameras and viewers of all kinds from the 19th century through to the present. The images are from installations which feature micro-miniature “bone dolls” or articulated puppets. Each of the puppets features a micro tattoo which classifies them as a “Trespasser,”--a marker of identity tied to an implied narrative. With permission from Ben Marcus, the “Air Trance” installation includes a passage from The Age of Wire and String. The writing is presented as a kind or ghost text which is only readable as a shadow. It communicates an almost post-apocalyptic use of language that corresponds to the reconstitution of the effigies as a representation of meaning over form. The miniature interiors are drawn directly from dreams that have later turned out to be precognitive.