Anachronistic Conversations
Anachronistic Conversations
Hieroglyphs done with oil based paint pen on Masonite mounted onto Pygmalion and Galatea reproduction done with oil on panel.
W30 x H40 x D3 inches
2014

The initial impetus for this piece was to explore technical elements of indirect painting through the reproduction of Pygmalion and Galatea, an oil painting completed in 1860 by Jean-Léon Gérôme. At the same time, I was developing paintings working with the Maya Hieroglyphic calendar. I began to think of both classical painting and hieroglyphs in their respective historical context as means of visual communication. In addition to being superficially interested in fusing apparently incongruous visual languages, I was also interested in meddling with authenticity: I found something appealing about recreating a 160 year old oil painting and combining it with a reconstitution characters from a 600 year old hieroglyphic language.