These pencil drawings are based on imagery taken from a wall painting discovered in the “Villa dei Mistri” in Pompeii, Italy. Collated into a zine titled Villa of the Mysteries, Cudahy paired newsprint reproductions of the drawings with sections from a diagram of the wall painting. In isolating and re-appropriating fragments from these historically contested scenes—which perhaps depict an allegory for marriage, or alternatively, an initiation into a Dionysian cult—Cudahy investigates the collapse and reconstruction of images when voided of their original context.
Anthony Cudahy, b. 1989, Florida, is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
Pencil on paper
18 × 14 inches