Sarah Oppenheimer

Sarah Oppenheimer

Gilmore D. Clarke/Michael Rapuano Rome Prize
September 1, 2010–July 31, 2011
Profession
Critic, Department of Painting, Yale University
Project title
Roman Holes
Project description

The Keyhole of the Knights of Malta in Rome collapses the space of the city into a discrete vignette. The keyhole acts as a simple framing device. Visually isolating sections of urban space into a pictorial hierarchy, the hole coordinates the built and landscaped space of the city. Roman Holes is an intensive exploration into the use of holes as a visual framing device embedded within Roman architecture. I will explore how these openings impact the moving subject, and how the views through these openings are impacted both by the position of the viewer and changes in the scene beyond.