Studies for Vinyl Euripides, 2019
shellac ink on mylar
all images 12” x 18”
To construct the images for Vinyl Euripides I hybridized fragments of objects and images from both the modern and the ancient world, many of them found in archaeological museums in Athens. My preliminary work began by creating several hundred ink paintings on paper based on sketches and photographs from my research trips to Greece. To design my compositions, I translated my ink paintings into digital vector files with the help of trained studio assistants. In digital space the images become an inventory of painterly fragments, a database of forms that I could bring into a limitless set of combinations as I developed the compositions. The hybrid forms that I discovered using this process are the result of unexpected collisions that give traditional Greek stories and artifacts fresh associations, reminding us of our deep human connections to the past.