Bomarzo Vertigo, 2010, Fundacio Miro', Barcellona. Hand printed and commercial wallpaper, dimensions variable. © Photography by Pere Pratdesaba.
GIANT DECOLLAGES14 November 2013
The Giant Decollages are architectural interventions created by layering numerous hand printed and custom wallpapers that get subsequently ripped back in order to reveal the strata underneath.
My practice is rooted in a contemporary re-elaboration of the Baroque, and it looks at decadence and hedonism throughout history. One of the writers I am very inspired by is Norman M. Klein, who believes we are living in ‘electronic baroque’ times. Klein sees our ‘informatic’ cityscapes as developments of baroque church interiors: heavily ‘scripted’ spaces that bombard our senses and infuse us with messages of one type or another. In the sixteenth century it may have been about converting you to Catholicism, today it’s about consumption. My main medium is wallpaper: some I screenprint myself, the rest is found during my travels or on eBay. My large-scale installations are made by a process of décollage from layer on layer of custom and found wallpapers. Their patterns are visual echoes of hedonistic iconography: they range from Jumeirah Island to casino interiors, to club culture, to Bomarzo Park, to Paninaro patterns. Culled from sources of various periods, they trace visual histories of luxury and decadence. Together they formulate a scrambled language, a glossolalia of the cacophonic times we live in.