BUILDING IN RUINS
“Building in Ruins” can be taken both as a noun and as a verb–– that is, as a process of building amidst the wreckage and as a simple ruin itself. My desire was again to evoke the architecture and holy personages of the Italian tradition while remaining fully engaged with our own cultural moment. This might sound quixotic, but my conviction for many years has been that tradition is a living thing––and that the genuinely new art form simultaneously captures elements of the past and re-contextualizes them with a collage of modern or contemporary ones. Hence the “building” aspect. The ruins for me are the shards and fragments we’ve inherited and which we seldom fully comprehend or know exactly how to fit together.