Rome Twice Removed

Even the strongest and most closely held memories of the city I was born in are now mediated, jumbled and transformed by the myriad of images I have seen of the city. There are few memories I truly trust as my own and even those become mediated through other people’s imagery when I try to express them.

I gathered the images presented here using keywords such as Rome, vacation, monuments, and films in various combinations. The images were then re-photographed off the screen of my laptop. I forced the digital back of the camera to misfire to create the distortions. The artifacts created by these forced errors are an obstacle, a screen that impedes recognition. The surface and the making of the image become the subject, further distancing the viewer from what is represented and the idea of the real.