When our freedom met its consequences
2016 - 2019
In historical terms, the stretchiness of the word "recent" leads to an inherent unease. On the geological time scale, Ancient Rome is quite recent, while in the 21st century, bound encyclopedias – once the pride of 20th century suburban bookshelves – are outmoded. Encyclopedias brought busts of Augustus to the masses. Now, carefully preserved classical artifacts are available as high-quality digital archives on the internet.
For this project, I sampled photographs of classical statuary from the internet and made scanner drawings using images of landscapes and botany cut from discarded encyclopedias. These elements were then digitally processed and colourised.