Stephen G. Schwarz, artist Karin Giusti’s partner, was a 9/11 first responder of the New York City Fire Department and and helped with the recovery effort in the critical days following the attacks.
For six years Stephen and Karin lived on a bucolic farm in Upstate New York until Stephen’s untimely death in 2010 at the age of 49 caused by illnesses related to his heroism working inside the collapsed buildings.
Giusti started photographing the farm shortly before Stephen’s death and continued after he passed away. She started with her feet working her way up the trees and sky and then down to the ground again. She stitched together the photographs resulting in a journal of sorts, realizing that there were connections where her body collided with the landscape and then seemed to disappear.
My physical presence seems to implode upon itself and float like a craft, my hair turning to vaporsKarin Giusti about Three Seasons
The sound of birds chirping, wind blowing, and Stephen chopping wood helps our experience transcend beyond the gallery walls.