American Academy in Rome Project


The impulse for my project began when an older drawing of a film still, from the Ingmar Bergman film, Cries and Whispers, with a focus on the Pietà, the bare breast and the embrace, was included in a recent exhibition in New York City.

Each Age a Lens (Emily Dickinson), graphite.

This drawing was the beginning of the American Academy project in Rome, related to the bare breast strand, a detail I sketched from a painting, Artemisia Prepares to Drink the Ashes of Her Husband Mausolus, Unknown artist, Florence, mid-seventeenth century, graphite.

I became fascinated with the funerary fragments in the Cortile, related to the female figure. Torso, graphite

Another strand of my proposed project was the sky. Sky from the Cortile, graphite

Funerary Fragment from the Cortile, graphite

Color inventories of the sky and bruised pink for under the sky, Color Inventories, Rome, watercolor

Color note from the Villa Aurelia garden, Found Blossom and Color Note, blossom with foliage (collage), watercolor, silverpoint on tinted prepared surface

Funerary inscription from the Cortile, Phryne, Weaver, Africana, Seventeen Years of Age, frottage


From a funerary inscription from the Cortile, Ann (for my sister), frottage