2014-2015: Farnese (selected)

Farnese was a fortuitous meeting between artist and location. The Villa Farnese is a massive renaissance and mannerist mansion in the Roman Campagna that I visited twice during the summer of 2014. Amid the opulence and painted splendor of the villa, are the undocumented, insignificant rooms where surfaces of the walls and frescoed architectonic motives are barely visible, and reveal vague images in a painted tangle of nicks, cracks and scratches. These abraded walls presented a wealth of visual ideas that grew into a sequence of small drawings. I developed a process using an opaque white synthetic paper on which the graphite has been painted, rubbed, dissolved, erased, and ultimately burnished into a surface that resembles polished mirror.