He Called Me Crazy, 2018
Mixed Media Installation at The Georgia Museum of Art
Just before Christmas, 1949, my great aunt Kathleen shot her then ex-husband John Drewry, longtime dean of the UGA Grady College of Journalism, and his girlfriend and former secretary, Miriam Thurmond. My research into their story, which began with hundreds of newspaper articles, led to a box at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library filled with correspondence from the early 1930s between them, with a close friend and with Kathleen’s psychologist—all from 17 years before the attempted murders and describing, vividly, their deteriorating relationship and emotional lives. The story of Kathleen and John Drewry, prompts thoughts about the fragile construction of family lore and history, and the tension between memory and truth. He Called Me Crazy is a manifestation of my process of research as art and art as research.