Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Cascata delle Marmore (I), 2016

The Cascate delle Marmore near Terni in Umbria, are artificial waterfalls which were created 271 B.C., when Roman engineers dried the plateau of Rieti by diverting the Velino River to a canyon. With a drop of 165 metres they are the highest man-made waterfalls in the world and they became a popular destination for artists and writers who traveled through Italy on the Grand Tour from the 17th to 19th centuries. Since the mid-20th century, the waterfalls have also been harnessed for power production. When the water is diverted to the electricity plant, the waterfalls decrease to a minimum. Today, as a tourist attraction, they are switched on several times a day and the trickle is transformed into the renowned and thunderous "spectacle of nature".

The works in this series are covered with a woven net of PVC tubes filled with water collected from the Cascate delle Marmore. Behind this net, a pane of glass is partly masked with abstract, geometric motifs and then a mirror is mounted at the back. When the viewer moves, the mirror can be seen to reflect idyllic scenes painted by the classical landscape artist Johann Christian Reinhart (1761-1847). This effect is the result of Reinhart's pictures being mounted on the rear of the abstract forms on the glass pane. Front and background surfaces, abstraction and landscape painting, all merge into a complex, shifting image.