Agnieska, an ongoing body of work over the last few years, originally
grew out a community-based project where I collaborated with a sound
artist and a dancer to re-create a journey along the East River.
For this project, I interviewed many activists (a majority of whom
are also artists) involved in local environmental efforts throughout
North Brooklyn. At the same time, I was developing a long form radio
program based on research gathered from these interviews. Feeling
that a straight documentary approach would seem very dry, I wanted
to bring a dramatic element to the project. Hence, the birth of
Saint Agnieska - patron saint of the North Brooklyn Waterfront,
whose life story unfolds on a riverside journey highlighting toxic
hot spots along the way. Roadside memorials commemorating lost loved
ones along with sites such as Medjugore and Fatima (reputed for
appearances of the Virgin Mary) influenced this body of work. As
part of the 2006 CONFLUX Art/Technology Festival held in Williamsburg,
Brooklyn, I led a bicycle tour along the “Trail of St. Agnieska”
to view sites of environmental damage where Agnieska had appeared.
Were these sculptural memorials left by Agnieska’s followers or
by the saint herself? This is for the viewer to decide.