Kevin Samp and Brandon Scott, collaborated on pieces that focused on Samp's mother's diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. The collection of poems and prints were organized into six categories. Three moved towards making peace with the realities of a terminal diagnosis. Three moved towards defeat, towards allowing an illness to erase the good in life.
Some years back, my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She transformed in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Some were good, some were bad, but as I watched how the illness changed her life, I began to wonder what receiving such a sentence would do to a person’s sense of self. How do you see the world, and how do you feel the world sees you? Although my work explores both victory and defeat, the truth is that any terminal illness isn’t a battle that’s won or lost: it’s one that’s simply fought. These pieces are dedicated to that fight.
This collection of work is organized into six categories. Three move towards making peace with the realities of a terminal diagnosis. Three move towards defeat, towards allowing an illness to erase the good in life. They’re printed using acetone transfer. Rather than create a direct print, I wanted to create copies of my writing to show that I’m speaking for others.
My work often deals with the similarities of the micro vs. macro. I tend to gravitate towards organic, microscopic structures and how they influence our larger world. Images taken of the world at a molecular level will at times appear celestial. The use of screen printing allows me to create depth and explore the way in which the separate layers can interact with each other.
This series was a direct collaboration and the first I’ve attempted. Most of the emotions and ideas of this series were designed around the experiences of Kevin Samp. I was the avenue to bring visual life to the words he has written. These two separate works are meant to live together and accompany one another.
Samp and Scott were interviewed after their time at Project 1612 for a short-series called Post 1612. Read their interview here.