Last Seen is a series of graphite drawings made with both direct and indirect reference to CCTV footage and police photography of the last known recorded image of a person before or at their disappearance or death - their ‘last scene’. I find a great tension between the fact that these images are in the public domain, while simultaneously being one of the most private and sad moments of a person’s existence.
The drawings are made in two textures of graphite to create a surface which is at once matt and shiny, and resemble photographic negatives. Because they have a shifting relationship with the light one must observe them almost forensically, moving around to catch the light and with it, details and clues. The ethics here are blurred, the rights of who owns these images debatable, and I hope by drawing them to elevate the photographs into something beautiful at least, a homage to the victims.
The Death of Trayvon Martin, Florida, 26.2.12