The Bunkers came out of visits my wife Zoe and I made to Pointe Du Hoc, Normandy in 2009. Pointe Du Hoc is where there are untouched remains of German bunkers that were extensively shelled by the Allied ships in the invasion of Normandy. I found the ruins to be such a compelling fusion of those things that interest me in landscape-- one thing that appears to be many other things simultaneously and is psychologically and emotionally charged. These polymorphic ruins are situated in a seemingly lunar landscape of craters with diameters of over twenty feet dotting the whole area where shells from the U.S. ships struck. I am fascinated by how the remaining structures look as if they were from the future or the past-- anything but 1943 when they were actually built. I am interested in the impulse to guard a vast coastline within basically a medieval structure against ships that could shell them up to twenty miles away and the futility that represents.
The entire series will be exhibited at The Painting Center in September, 2023.