2018. Ink on paper, pins, electrical wire. 11”x17”
This series of graphic scores combines the visual language of the Ghost Army with music notation. Fragments of tactical maps, symbols, and coded messages are translated, transcribed and combined with notation inspired by John Cage, Cornelious Cardew, and ballet choreography.
The Ghost Army was an Allied Army tactical deception unit during World War II. Their mission was to impersonate other Allied Army units to deceive the enemy. From a few weeks before D-Day, when they landed in France, until the end of the war, they put on a "traveling road show" utilizing inflatable tanks, sound trucks, fake radio transmissions, scripts, and sound projections. The unit was an incubator for many young artists who went on to have a major impact on the post-war US, including Ellsworth Kelly, Bill Blass, and Arthur Singer.