Big Sewell is the first in a series of site-specific projection based projects that work to augment the visual/psychological impact of a place. Portable, bicycle-powered and solar cel/battery-powered projectors are carried out to remote and rural sites. Video and images are 3D projection-mapped onto minute surfaces at the location, and the work is documented in video/photography, or experienced as a performance of light, sound, video, and broadcast/locative media. The works are meant to unlock qualities latent in a space. This transformation is achieved either through visually exploring past events that occurred at the site, or considering personal superimposed memories, (more often than not, works pull from a mix of both).
Big Sewell explores coal mining in Southern Coal Fields of rural West Virginia. Named for the mountain and coal mine located immediately adjacent to the artist's family farm, Big Sewell transforms the surfaces of a hemlock grove into fractures and glimmers of light in the claustrophobic darkness of the surrounding forest. The trees are located above the site of a mining disaster that occurred at the location many years ago.