After my father died, I created a site-specific installation, Extraordinary Father, which honored my relationship with him and our time together sharing his favorite pastime, fishing. A large-scale drawing of his fly rod encircled gallery walls, and tucked into negative spaces, were painted vignettes of some of his objects my mother kept after his passing. Family letters, commenting on memories of him as a fisherman, covered a corner table and in the center was his tackle box with a miniature video inside, revealing glimpses of him, our family and his favorite Tony Bennett music. Above the table hung an enlarged photo transparency of him fishing as a child. Live crickets in bait boxes were attached to a glass wall and placed on the floor.

Extraordinary Father, installation view, 2001, mixed media