Hotel Detective, photographs mounted on magnetic substrate, 16x20 in., magnets, loose photos, hand-cut, dimensions variable, 2014.
I avidly collect notepads from hotels around the world. I’m also a staunch enthusiast of the Detective Fiction entertainment genre. Over a decade ago I began using the investigative technique of making graphite rubbings on the top sheet of a notepad to reveal the message left from the previous note. Hotel Detective features more than thirty images from my collection, each photographed and hand-cut to scale, then mounted on magnetic, “trompe l'oeil” bulletin boards. What results is a series of playfully posed questions, such as, How do we know what we know? Who else knows it? And how confidant should we be in that knowledge?