Installation Description

During the development of this series the word “trace” came into my consciousness. The New Oxford American Dictionary definition of this word provides a “trace” for ideas, thoughts and processes that were engaged during the creation of this work. The artist intent can also be discovered in the origin of the word suggesting a personal journey in terms of what the work evokes for each viewer.

trace 1 |trās|

verb [ with obj. ]

  1. 1. find or discover by investigation
    • • follow or mark the course or position of (something) with one’s eye, mind, or finger
  2. 2. copy (a drawing, map, or design) by drawing over its lines on a superimposed piece of transparent paper.


  1. 1. a mark, object, or other indication of the existence or passing of something
    • • a physical change in the brain presumed to be caused by a process of learning or memory.
    • • a procedure to investigate the source of something
  2. 2. a line or pattern displayed by an instrument using a moving pen or a luminous spot on a screen to show the existence or nature of something that is being investigated.

ORIGIN Middle English (first recorded as a noun in the sense ‘path that someone or something takes’).

Artist’s Statement:
Click to learn more about the Afterimage project by the artist, Rebecca Kamen.

Constellation Statement:
Click this to understand the full story behind the final piece in the TRACE installation: Constellation (Tree of Life).