Reasons’ Monsters | After Goya

With this body of work I am interested in how we can relate to a historical set of documents, like a suite of etchings by artist Francisco Goya, when the images are altered to communicate a new message. Each piece in my series Reasons’ Monsters is a reproduction of a print from Goya’s Disasters of War, a project I initiated and worked on for over two years before completing my series of 42 images from Goya’s original 78 prints. My interventions updated the original series by adapting guns, uniforms, and military equipment with contemporary aspects of war, while keeping the backgrounds, compositions, and figures mostly as they were found. What results is a series of work that appears to be historical in nature, like many intaglio prints about war we might encounter, though these speak of much more familiar atrocities when we take a closer look.