My father is dead. My mother is dead. I will die being the end of this family line. It is here that I leave a final warning for any who wish to heed it.
To both friend and foe:
Stay away from the river.
-Nephi Graves, 1910
Interview Jamie Comstock
Development of the Parasitic Fungus 'Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis' Stage I
Development of the Parasitic Fungus 'Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis' Stage II
Development of the Parasitic Fungus 'Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis' Stage III
Sacrificial Chair to Resurrect the Guardian in the Missouri River Near New Zion
9"x 8.5"/Graphite on Paper/2016
Merriam Graves, the first Guardian, Defending New Zion
Issac Graves Performing Rituals to Resurrect the New Zion Guardian, as his son Nephi Graves Tries to Look Away
Setting the Scene:Suspected Location of New Zion, Weston Bend State Park, Missouri
"What We Saw"
Setting the Scene:English Landing Park, Parkville, Missouri
Alley off Swift Between 28th and 29th Street, North Kansas City, Missouri
Interview Kelsey Z
The Artist as Issac Graves
71"x 32"/Charcoal on Paper/2017
"1881" is an ongoing series that further explores ideas introduced in my Master's exhibition "The Fall of New Zion". Inspired by my age long fascination with science fiction, horror, and a newer interest in history, the body of work is a multi-media exploration of the power of both folk lore and historical narrative and their ability to form emotional connections to our surroundings.
Stories have the ability to alter the relationship we have with the places we inhabit. With a narrative associated to an environment, that space has the potential to grow larger than the area it occupies. "1881" investigates this power of narrative through a variety of voices and mediums to weave a fantastic story in a larger history of the Missouri River Valley region of the Midwest.