Polly Apfelbaum

Polly Apfelbaum

Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize
September 1, 2012–July 31, 2013
Profession
Artist, New York
NY Critic, Graduate Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts
Art Institute of Chicago
Project title
Rome and the Flatbed Picture Plane
Project description

If there is a single thing that defines my work it is the horizontal plane. Thinking about Rome, I have been interested in the many examples of floor-based works there:  Roman mosaics, Cosmati floors, or the Baroque floors of Borromini’s St. Ivo. For me, the next step would be to see this work in context, in person: to understand the color and the geometry and the systems or nonsystems. My large scale installations are often based on combinatory systems; I am convinced that I could learn from the intricacy of these works in Rome. Any work that operates beyond the scale of the body is also a physical experience; what someone has described as the fusion of feverish and dynamic baroque excesses with a rationalist geometry. I believe that this contradiction is present in my work, and it is something I look forward to exploring in Rome.