I am a scavenger, a collector of cultural residue, a cipher of fragments. Even as a little kid my pockets would always bulge and rattle with artifacts collected along my daily excavations and expeditions through the south side of Chicago neighborhoods. Each thing that I found I believed to be an important clue to understanding a deep and expansive mystery. If I could put them all together in the right order, I believed, meaning and understanding would be revealed to me. I continue to look for the answers that will surface when I find the right clue and put it in the right place.
The “Scenes from the Dreams of a Fortune Teller” series is a current manifestation of my daily search for meaning and understanding. There are currently 650 prints in this continuing series that began in 2002. The prints are one of a kind Polaroid Transfers that were printed to 9”x11” on Crane’s Platinotype paper, from slides made in my studio of accumulated clues and artifacts collected while combing the shores of local second hand stores, rummage sales, and alleys. After the prints are made I read what I can from them, and write a story for each in the form of a fortune.