What Remains, 2004

What Remains is a site-specific installation in an unoccupied row house on Pittsburgh’s North Side.  The house dates from the late 19th century.  The names, ages, and occupations of the house circa 1900 are engraved in granite, tomb-stone-like inserts that fill the window openings of the house. The basement window contains the following quote from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities: Arriving at each new city the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had:  the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.