Forensic Landscapes | Eminent Domain
In forensics, the absence of something can signify its presence. As reported in the Times, the chemical stain left by a body’s amino acids will suppress plant growth for up to two years, allowing a kind of shadow to remain after the thing casting it is gone.
On maps, the edge of a place vanishes and reappears. So do tracks, roads and the original names of things. There are no indications as to actual habitation, climate, degree of violence or calm, or even whether the area is land or water.
But the land is marked heavy. It is dense chemically, visually, textually. This density of markings includes human bodies, geological timekeeping, stories told in bars, news archives, and EPA documents.
I make photographs at or near night, on foot, and within a 5-mile radius of Newark.
I make photographs of things that can always be found, and are always about to vanish.
But not easily. And not just yet.
Emma Wilcox is a photographer concerned with environmental justice, land usage, eminent domain, and the role of individual memory in the creation of local history. She has exhibited in solo shows including Forensic Landscapes, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ in 2007, and Salvage Rights, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT in 2009. She is the recipient of a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship for photography, the Camera Club Of NY residency, the Newark Museum Residency and was a core participant in Night School at the New Museum in 2008. She participated in Emerge 7, Aljira, Newark, NJ and AIM 29, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY. She is also co-founder of Gallery Aferro, a Newark, NJ alternative space. She lives by the river. website.