Kerry Downey lives and works in New York City. She is a mixed media artist and member of Flux Factory, a non-profit arts collective in Queens. Her piece Whitewashed in this issue of Shifter was created for a show entitled Almost Something. By working directly on one of Flux Factory’s gallery walls- already rich in history- she built up new layers of surface through various mediums. Drawing on the integrity of labor of those workers who paint over graffiti and who clean up gallery walls, she painted over her work with that ubiquitous five gallon drum of white latex paint. The painting was almost entirely erased. What has been left becomes a document of history and a lexicon of textural possibilities. Kerry will begin Hunter’s MFA program in painting the Spring semester of 2006.