Retopia was created in response to an artist’s residency in Dresden, Germany in 1999 and was revised in 2001.The core of the installation is a rawhide stretcher, reminiscent of a fireman’s safety net, with images of cobblestones from Dresden projected on it in moving, deep space. The viewer mounts a viewing platform above the frey, at once removed and yet a voyeur. The audio montage is of the broken sounds of radio as if from the night of the firebombing of Dresden in 1945. Through this mélange, the viewer is invited to consider their role in tragedy. Exhibited in “Connections: Ohio Artists Abroad” at the Riffe Center, Columbus, SPACES, Cleveland and the Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, 2002-2003.