The Redactions series, 2010, C-prints, 55” x 40”

The Redactions series consists of erased, or redacted reproductions of paintings by Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau. The two artists were chosen for their fantasies of colonial escapes, with Gauguin constantly on the move, and Rousseau never having left France. The color of each redaction is selected from the “furthest” point in the painting, usually near the horizon if it is an exterior view, or a back wall if it is an interior. The redactions are carried out digitally, in a process that falls somewhere between the accumulation of a rubbing––where the textures and contours of a surface beneath are “rubbed” onto a surface above; and a rubbing out, or an erasure.