The Greek phrase “I am eating my time” meaning “I am procrastinating” draws connections between the themes of time, eating and being (as existence in time) and inspired a series of works that stand somewhere between an object and a painting. I collected the wood from abandoned houses and constructed the frames where I stretched my burlap linen in layers which I later scratched and tore. My intention was to paint a person resting on an uncomfortable space understood also as a collapsing environment.
The portraits for the Chronophagy project emerged from a series of 61 sketches and small drawings influenced by the “Life Mask of William Blake” and Francis Bacon’s studies on this mask. Unlike common death masks, Blake’s was made during his lifetime. With this uncommon mask blurring the limits between life and death, and their connection with time and the idea of Chronophagy, I started this series of sketches and paintings in an effort to create a sense of temporality with unfinished or missing parts (either from the material or from the painting procedure) co-existing with finished ones, the same way more abstract or sketchy parts exist side by side with more realistic ones. They are painted on burlap (used to make sacks for food) hanging from a wooden rolling pin (used for kneading) –choice of both materials results from research on “Chronophagy” and the relationship drawn between food, being and lightness further discussed in my book Eating and Time.