I found this Latin phrase on a seemingly secular wall in Rome: tota pulcra es et macula non est in te. It translates: you are completely beautiful (or pure) and there is no stain (of original sin) in you. For me, this phrase, an artifact of an earlier time, expresses my reverence for richly variegated surfaces in Italy: completely beautiful and without blemish. I printed my B&W negatives using a developer and a paper that create an earthy warm tone. I then transferred the emulsion of the image to watercolor paper. I was aiming for some distortion to correspond to the chipping and fragmentation of an artifact. These photos are meant to be viewed objects used to reconstruct a past or foreign culture.