The images in Illuminated Books are re-photographed pages of a book titled Roman Portraits depicting black and white photographs of Roman portrait busts. Onto each portrait I have projected another portrait, overlaying one face with another to create a superimposed image. I was searching for similarities, matches, discontinuity and unlikely connections.
Many of the white marble statues that we are familiar with were most likely covered in coloured paint when they were first made. Thinking about them as coloured objects suggests a different reading of the sculptures, one that makes them more human and less divine. Illuminated Books tries to re-enliven or re-animate the portrait busts, as well as re-colour them.
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