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 digitally processed them with manipulated scans of natural imagery cut from discarded encyclopedias.