Pentimento 11 (Wrestling with Pasquino)
Stoneware and earthenware slip harvested from a river bed in Haiti, silkscreen print on archival paper mounted to a sheet of tin and wrapped around the ceramic bust. 2021
Since the 16th century, people have been posting provocative political messages on a group of five Roman sculptures known as the Talking Statues. While doing research in Rome, I stumbled upon the first of these known as Pasquino. This third-century BCE Hellenistic statue was excavated and placed near Piazza Navona. In cover of night, people would paste messages satirizing the oppressive papal government. This tradition of public satire papering over these five statues continues to this day. Known as the Congregation of Wits, the statues act as places for public dialogue. It reminds me of how monuments today, are being contested, papered over, and in some cases removed, as an expression of the people. I made this bust using clay I harvested from a river bed in Haiti and then created a silkscreen print of wrestling bodies, printed onto archival paper, mounted on tin and wrapped around the face.