The wallpapers are part of my larger Surface Histories project, which is based on photographs of surfaces that evoke the hidden stories of places I’ve traveled to. These two designs engage with Havana’s architectural facades, drawn from photographs I took on my trip to Cuba in 2009. I imagine these surfaces as portals through time, and as material evidence that connects us to individual and collective stories of a place. Through a process of abstraction, I transform these photographs into images that invite a conversation between textures. Then, I digitally augment and isolate particular layers and marks in order to bring a tactile sense of the material to the forefront. The two prints shown here are the results of that process.
Each wallpaper is available in custom sizes, which means that the image does not repeat; instead, it’s printed in mural style. The wallpaper itself adhesive fabric that can be custom made to fit in any area—and it’s re-positionable.
Surface Histories: Havana Night No. 1 & Surface Histories: Havana Blue