The American Academy in Rome, Italy
The Untitled: 1919
The Untitled: 1919 is based on 3 events that occurred in the year of 1919. It analyzes the publication of Benito Mussolini's "Fascist Manifesto", Sigmund Freud's "The Uncanny" and the birth of Mikhail Kalashnikov. In this work I analyze the correlation of these events and their impact on global/political consciousness. There are 4 sculptures within this indoor and outdoor installation. All of the sculptures are made of steel and white concrete.
Created by making a mould of an ancient Roman sculpture dated to 4th century B.C from The American Academy's archeology collection. The process of mould-making reanimates the ancient form. The result is a fleshy, scarred, meat-like imagery and texture.
The palm references an attempt to contain and present nature in a more "idyllic" form. It is a garden within the greater garden space of The American Academy in Rome. It also serves as a marker of site museums interiors in Libya where I conducted research in 2011.
Created with a mould of a military-sized mattress and pillow found on Janiculum Hill, Rome. It explores the dream space as familiar and unfamiliar. The anxiety of warfare, invasion and destruction of daily life is explored through the choice of object and casting material.
Created from a clay sculpture and cast in concrete in reference to Italian fascist-era sculptures. It is 8 feet tall. There are 2 sculptures of this form, one of which is located in the interior of The American Academy in Rome. The other is placed directly on the garden grounds where the other sculptures are located.