Where I hoped rock would be (2022–2023)

“Where I Hoped Rock Would Be” is a series of eighteen sewn-paper collages that draw on early modern palimpsests as models for inscription, erasure, and memory. The series belongs to a larger body of work based on archeological sites that have played strategic roles in the cultural crosscurrents of the Mediterranean Basin. 

The building block is a drawing of Ħaġar Qim, a temple site located in Malta from a prehistoric civilization that existed between 3600 and 2500 BCE. Its footprint is collaged with colored pencil, ink, graphite, raw silk fabric, and a lithograph of the fifteenth century poem “Il-Kantilena” by Maltese poet Pietru Caxaro. Caxaro writes in a Semitic language that is a synthesis of late medieval Sicilian Arabic and Romance languages. Silk thread binds his astonishingly modern poem—addressing despair, resilience, impermanence, and the geographies of place and belonging—to its physical crossroads. 

LITHOS 7.2 (35.49.40n|14.26.32e), 2023

38cm x 48cm
Lithograph with collaged Japanese paper, raw silk, colored pencil, and sewn silk thread