Waiting and Watching

By Steve Bennett | March 27, 2021

In my lens-based composite, “Jailhouse Quartet,” which I created in 2019, the grid is part of the rusted steel strap lattice that makes up the walls of the outdoor Kelso Depot Jail in the Mojave Preserve (the jail was used from the mid-1940s to 1985 to detain inebriated folks). The two-cell jail sits next to a major rail line and the four windows in the artwork—spaces in the lattice—reveal a blur of the passing trains.

I find the artwork to be an apt metaphor for a year of being held captive by the virus, a year of waiting and watching the world as we know it transform at warp speed.


Steve Bennett, Jailhouse Quartet, Composite photo, 2019


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