Today is my dad’s birthday. We don’t live in the same state, so today I am missing him and wishing I could be with him to celebrate. It might be a long time before I am able to fly to see him again, and this makes me sad. But I’m surrounded by things made by […]

It is a lovely rainy day in New York City, cool and quiet with the gentle sound of drops on the window and a stark reduction in the usual traffic sounds. The quiet is mostly due to the pandemic currently keeping people at home. I am seated at my desk, wrangling with history (a.k.a trying […]

The first time I made a series of work I really liked it was directly inspired by the past. I had come across the book The Power of Images by David Freedberg, which is a close look at the impact images have on cultures and individuals, using the Middle Ages and early modern period as […]

One of the primary goals I have with this blog is to introduce people to the historical artworks and objects that I study, teach, and obsess over. I love these objects, and this is a chance for me to share some reasons that you, too, might consider falling in love. I’m starting with this Greek […]

“I write entirely to find out what I am thinking, what I am looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” — Joan Didion “Give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy […]