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Babel
Babel
Ceramic, graphite, ink, paint, epoxy
4 x 4 x 9 feet
2013

Babel is a monumental ‘tower’ that combines Chicago architecture with the slums of the Dominican Republic, ancient Mayan and Aztec ruins, medieval cities, cliff dwellings, and mobile home communities of the rural south. The premise of the piece relates back to the biblical story of the Tower of Babel: God punished humans for hubris by confounding their (united) language and scattering them across the earth. Many artists have painted and sculpted the tower of Babel - In Babel I confuse time and compress narrative to describe the rich, and often overwhelming, history of human civilization that builds upon itself like one civilization will build upon the rubble of its predecessor.