Hermine Ford

Working Note for ii ss


This work began in Rome and that city remains, in large part, the touchstone for the work I'm doing for ii ss . A very old, very great city, rising up on top of its own debris over and over again, brings to mind the idea that art and architecture are made from raw materials, recycled over the millennia. One’s eye and hand move over those materials while at the beach, in the mountains, in the studio, visiting an Italian city, and the artist remembers how they once were and rearranges them: water, mud, stones, the pigments and tiles. The work for ii ss grew so naturally, often responding to Kathleen’s words with my stored images, just as her words unexpectedly evolved from connections to my drawings—a process feeling exactly like a conversation between old friends.


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