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Passing Through, 2014, Archival pigment print archivally mounted on tempered hardboard, UV laminate, brushed nickel pegs, 16.75 x 30 inches. Photo: Natalie Fleming.


In Passing Through, Frani Evedon doubles the MRI image of her husband’s spine, merging the two points. Thus, this work acts like a mirror, or a palindrome. Our eye travels to one end only to trail back through the work: the starting point and the terminus begin to deteriorate. Through this continuous scanning, our eyes begin to detect irregularities: spots, broken lines, and malformed spaces in the spine. These irregularities are loci of pain, but also the end goal of Evedon’s quest “to delineate the concept of deterioration.”

Frani Evedon (b. 1951). Lakota shaman Lame Deer said, “We are only a physical manifestation of what is real.” This existential statement implies that we, and everything that exists on our plane of events, are physical and non-physical simultaneously as well as profoundly linked to our collective condition. Frani Evedon’s work represents her personal journey to address the notions of synchronicity, life transitions, and physical deterioration in relation to the process of global decline. Recently, she has been exploring these concepts through the manipulation of MRIs and X-rays.

Although this work is not overtly political, it is covertly so. Current events have reached a level of urgency that seems to threaten our very existence. These three works from the Passing Through series are also landscapes, reminiscent of our deteriorating planetary body, hastened by environmental neglect, global violence, disease, and now by the frightening decisions of this new administration.

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