Altared States

Italy is part of my ancestry. The traditions, customs, religion, and food have always been a large part of my life. On a recent trip to Italy, so much of my experience felt familiar, especially the churches. Each time I entered a church, I felt like a child again…awed by the scale of the buildings, the vivid imagery, and sense of a ‘presence.’ Even though many of the candles are now electric, I swear I could still smell candle wax.

I no longer believe in religion, so I was surprised by the effect these churches had on me. I realized that the power of memory had taken hold of me, creating an altered state of mind. The images I created depict my visual memory of the rituals and icons of my childhood.