HEADWORKS | criptosanti
My Fulbright project was to study depictions of saints in Italy and apply their strange fusion of the neurotic and sublime to portraiture. I spent a lot of time in churches encountering proto-surreal paintings of devout figures fairly oblivious to their being flayed, stabbed, etc. The project begun in grad school at Yale ("Self-Portrait as St. Sebastian," etc.), inspired by my Halloween costumes, which featured head-dresses, and by the totemistic compositions of African sculptures I studied at the Yale Art Gallery. The saints project led to 'criptosanti' and eventually to 'headworks' - self-portraits with the stuff of thought in architectural configurations piled on my head.