"A visual representation of human disgrace and shame, the repository for our many faults"
This mural was photographed in Calcutta, (Kolkata) India during their yearly (1994) Kali Puja (festival) and was originally captured on Kodachrome 25 ISO slide film, using a Nikon F4 film based camera and Nikon's 500 mm telephoto lens. During the mural's construction stage, 1400 individual Kodachrome slides were scanned, doing them one image at a time, then all were printed out half scale 3"x4.5" to be careful taped onto my studio wall. In the process creating the mural one tiny image at a time. This act slowly brought the image to life, ultimately leading to the creation of a work that vaguely resembled the reality that had been originally photographed.
The file numbers were written in pencil on the backs of each proof print, became a kind of "map" of the imagery for me to follow during the final computer construction stage. After this computer assembly was complete, I then somewhat laboriously began removing all of those hard edge lines from each of the 864 image frames.