DACHAU Voices from the Ash
by Christopher R. Bales
About the Book
In honored memory of those who have suffered through unimaginable horrors.
Voices from the Ash was first published in 1997 in issue number #1 of Morbid Curiosity, a publication featuring nonfiction of the strange, macabre and disquieting. The essay was accompanied by three images from the Dachau series,produced in June of 1985. The cover also featured a print from the series.
Although my current ventures in art involve assemblage sculpture, I still consider the Dachau series one of my most successful, and poignant early works. This project has been an emotional and eerie revisiting of a place and time that has been burned into my memory.
Since 1989, I have enjoyed creating assemblage sculptures. Working with the visual imagery and conceptual elements of my artwork and developing them into a cohesive story has been challenging, rewarding and has directed me onto a creative path that has taken me by surprise. I hope you will enjoy this diversion into the dark waters of my subconscious.