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Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- )

21-panel installation of Injection Site at the artist's studio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Candace, Day 2 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Markie, 4 Hours Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Olga, Day 4 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Ahmad, Day 1 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Cameron, Day 1 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Alice, Day 9 Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Sheyenne, Day 3 Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Chip, 5 Hours Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Chet, Day 29 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Joanne, 1 Hour Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Evander, Day 14 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Joe, Day 17 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Daryl, Day 2 Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Jorge, 7 Hours Post Injection from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Jill, Day 2 Post Injection from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Monika, Day 6 Post Injection from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print, on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Tom, 4 Hours Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Krista, 4 Hours Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Jaymi, Day 11 Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Anna, 2 Days Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Phyllis, Day 3 Post Injection from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Billy, 15 Minutes Post Injection from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

David, 11 Hours Post Injection from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Holly, Day 6 Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

JJ, Day 2 Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Jackson, Day 3 Post Injection from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 16", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Graham, Day 2 Post Injection from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Isabella, Day 1 Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

James, Day 3 Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Leeanna, 2 Hours Post Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Kirby, Day 1 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

Markie, Day 29 Post-Injection, from the series Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible (2021- ), archival pigment print on rag fiber paper, image size 20" x 26", edition of 5 (+2 artist proofs)

In 2020, I thought deeply about how art could make a substantial impact upon the politically- charged global medical crisis. In the ongoing series, Injection Site: Making the Vaccine Visible, I invite viewers to experience a heightened sense of awareness to the physiological effects of the COVID-19 vaccination by traversing the science and constructs that have created divisions in the United States.

When the first COVID-19 vaccines were distributed in January 2021, I used a high-resolution thermal camera to document and track the body’s reaction to the vaccine. I have, to date, photographed 130 participants’ arms at their injection sites. The photographs were taken at different stages based on the amount of time since injection, ranging from fifteen minutes to four weeks after receiving the vaccine.

The resulting photographs reveal each participant’s unique immunological response to the injection, tracking the degree of physical reaction to the virus in a way that corresponds to their individual physiology.

The images document each subjects’ unique response, with darker areas in the photograph representing heat and inflamma­tion. Some photographs reveal more heat radiating and spreading through an arm, while others reveal minimal visual heat.

Each of these portraits takes on formal qualities of the human image with an implied degree of spa­tial depth within each body. There is a surreal beauty that invites the viewer to engage in this difficult subject matter, illuminating the fact that the COVID-19 vaccine is not neutral to our bodies. Reactions to this work can evoke fear, reassurance, or even mixed feelings. As attitudes towards the vaccine continue to divide the United States both socially and politically, my intention is that this series of photographs will ignite conversation and inspire the viewer to pause, consider the actions and feelings of others, and strive toward a mutual understanding that will help promote and preserve the health and well-being of humanity.

These images are captured with a high-resolution thermal camera. Each image is printed as an archival pigment print, 20″ x 26″
Limited edition of 10 

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