The history of Alexandria is so deep and layered. I’m particularly interested in the stories that aren’t often told and the process of finding those stories and exposing them. For this installation, I found inspiration in the ships uncovered on Alexandria’s waterfront in 2015 and 2018, and the many layers of history that are not readily seen. The installation abstracts a ship’s hull with steel verticals that rise and bend, referencing the curve of the hull’s frame. Visitors can stand within the space and imagine a time in Alexandria’s history when the ships carried not only cargo like tobacco, molasses, rum and limes, but enslaved individuals who were traded as part of the U.S domestic slave trade.