China Jorrin on her photographs of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie:
"From 2005 to 2007, I photographed the grounds and interiors of the hospital. The first time I went inside the main building, I was struck by the smell (mold, decay) and the sound (smoke detectors whose batteries were running out created a constant beep, sounding from all different directions). There was a feeling of haunting sadness—during its heyday, 6,000 patients entered their somber new reality through these doors. Then there was the chaos: desks on their sides, filing cabinets upended, office furniture scattered throughout the hallways and rooms. As I wandered through these spaces, I began to see the incredible patterns that the decay had left behind: the peeling plaster, the water damaged walls. And although I was aware of beauty in these patterns, I also saw something in the shadows—a flickering remembrance of the multitude who spent their lives here, sequestered, forgotten."
China Jorrin's photographs of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center will be exhibited at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street in Hudson, through February 12. (518) 822-1438; www.hudsonoperahouse.org. Portfolio: www.chinajorrin.com.