Amazon's Light
Amazon's Light
graphite on paper
11 in. x 8 1/2 in. each
2019

Amazon has compiled a list of books entitled 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. I was fascinated by the idea of a corporation establishing a list of canonical texts. The books range from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to The Autobiography of Malcom X. Going through the list, it quickly became apparent that no traditional religious text was selected and almost every book was eligible for Amazon Prime. I went through the list multiple times and realized only 97 books were included.

Each drawing is the exact size of a book from Amazon’s list. My wife and I visited different libraries in central Ohio. She would look up the call number of a book, I would find it, and trace the outline of the book onto a sheet of paper. Afterwards, I filled them in with graphite. The drawings are intended to obscure each individual book by turning them into “shadows” that have passed in front of Amazon’s light.

Pictured above are the drawings installed in the Brandel Library at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.